Ijaz Ahmed Appointed as U19 Head Coach for Pakistan
Former test hitter Ijaz Ahmed has been appointed head coach of Pakistan’s U19 cricket team on a three-year contract, announced the Pakistan Cricket Board today.
Ijaz has been training since 2009, serving as head coach for the Pakistan teams “A” and U19. Ijaz Ahmed also assumed the role of head coach with the men’s national team (in 2010) during his stint as an assistant coach.
Ijaz will also work closely with the sides of Pakistan U16 and Pakistan and will take over after the 2019 ACC U19 Asia Cup, which will be played in Colombo from 5 to 14 September.
His first assignment is likely to be the eight-nation T20 tournament of the “A” team in Kenya next month. The other international allocations of the junior teams this season are the local U16 series against Bangladesh, which begins in October, the ACC Emerging Teams Asian Cup in Bangladesh in November and the UCC U19 2020 Cricket World Cup in South Africa next year.
Ijaz was chosen for assignment after a robust recruitment process in which Wasim Khan and Mudassar Nazar interviewed several high-profile and high-quality former international cricketers.
Ijaz Ahmed said being appointed as Pakistan U19 Head Coach that I am grateful to the PCB for entrusting myself with the critical responsibility of preparing and nurturing the future cricket stars of Pakistan.
Youth cricket is a lifeline for any cricket nation; as he sees talented young people graduate in senior cricket and carry forward the legacy of some of the best cricketers this proud nation has produced.
I am excited about this opportunity and looking forward to doing my part in the exciting times for Cricket in Pakistan.
Mudassar Nazar said about the Appointment:
I’ve seen Ijaz Ahmed develop as one of the most talented coaches. He has a vision and a strategy. He works hard and has a reputation for being a good cricket student who can analyse the game and spot talents.
“I have no doubt that Ijaz will make a significant contribution as coach of Pakistan U19 as the PCB has intensified its efforts not only to reduce the gap with international cricket but also to provide equitable and fair opportunities for all budding young people in the country.”