Lahore: With England’s ‘bio-secure’ following, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed former Test batsman Younis Khan as the batting coach of the national team.
Via a press release, the PCB announced the appointments for men’s batting coach and spin bowling coach. Former wrist spinner and a veteran of 52 Tests Mushtaq Ahmed has taken the post of the spin bowling coach.
Pakistan team has to tour England a ‘bio-secure’ tour from July to September. The tour includes three Tests and as many T20Is.
“For me, there has never been a bigger honor and a better feeling than to represent my country and I feel privileged to have been again offered the opportunity to serve it for a challenging but exciting tour of England,” Khan said in a video statement.
Younis, 42, scored 10,099 runs at over 52 in 118 Tests from 2000 to 2017. This included a career-best 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009, which lifted him to the No.1 position in the ICC rankings.
On the other hand, PCB’s CEO Wasim Khan is delighted to have Khan finally on board with the national team. “I am delighted that someone of the stature and incredible batting record of Younis Khan has agreed to join the Pakistan cricket set-up as national men’s team batting coach. When I spoke with him, his commitment and enthusiasm to take up this assignment and serve his country was never in doubt and he jumped at the opportunity,” he said.
Head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq is looking forward to working with his former teammate towards the betterment of Pakistan’s cricket.
“I welcome Younis Khan and look forward to reuniting with him in Pakistan colours as our cricket careers have almost run concurrently. We know each other better than most think as we have worked hand in glove in the past decade to contribute in some of Pakistan’s most historic and memorable Test wins,” he said.