Younis Khan appointed Pakistan batting coach for England tour

Younis Khan appointed as batting coach for Upcoming England tour

Pakistan’s most successful Test Batsmen and former captain Younis Khan have been named as the men’s national team batting coach for the upcoming England tour, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced today.

In addition to Younis, the PCB also named a doll spinner and a 52-Test Mushtaq Ahmed veteran as the spinning team’s coach and mentor for the three-test series and three T20Is, to be played in August-September. Details of the pre-series and series will be announced in due course.

Appointments have been made to provide head coach Misbahul Haq and fast bowling coach Waqar Younis with the necessary and essential resources that can help them further improve team performance.

In addition, and as part of the tour deal, additional players will be sent to England, making it even more important to have equally capable coaches to provide the best training and preparation opportunities for players.

Younis, 42, scored 10,099 runs in more than 52 in 118 Tests between 2000 and 2017. This included the best 313 of his career against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009, which led him to No. 1 in the ICC rankings.

Against England, Younis has an equally impressive record.

In 16 innings of nine Tests in England, the champion batter scored 810 runs in more than 50 with two centuries (218 at The Oval in 2016 and 173 at Headingley in 2006) and three half-centuries. In two runs in Pakistan and six in the United Arab Emirates, he scored a total of 616 runs at just under 50 centuries (127 and 118 in Dubai) and half a century.

With 139 caught up in the Test, Younis consolidated himself as Pakistan’s top fielder and 13th in the game’s history.

Separately, Younis had a season with Yorkshire at the 2007 County Championships in which he amassed 824 runs in 13 games a.p. 48.47.

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said: “I’m delighted that someone of Younis Khan’s incredible batting record has agreed to join Pakistan’s cricket team as a men’s national team batting coach. When I spoke to him, his commitment and enthusiasm to take on this task and serve his country were never in doubt and he seized the opportunity.

The work ethic of “Younis”, the commitment to the preparation of the match, the knowledge of the game, and the tactics in the English conditions will be invaluable. It is a role model for several current players and is highly respected. I have no doubt that the team will benefit from the immense value it will bring, both on and off the field.

“Mushtaq knows English conditions as well as anyone, as he spent a lot of time playing county cricket and working with England’s cricket team. In addition to guiding spinners and playing the role of a mentor, Mushtaq can be useful to Misbah in party planning and preparation.

“It is crucial that the team understands the conditions they will face in the next series and that the experience of Younis Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed to congratulate head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and fast bowling coach Waqar Younis will be invaluable.”.

“These quotes are part of the PCB’s commitment to helping and supporting Misbah and his team to achieve the goals of producing robust actions that can help the national side become a force to be taken into account again.”

Younis Khan said: “For me, there has never been a greater honor and a better feeling than representing my country and I feel privileged to have again received the opportunity to serve you on a challenging but exciting tour of England.

“The Pakistan side includes some immensely talented cricketers who have the potential to reach higher heights. Together with Misbah-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed and Waqar Younis, we will try to improve them and prepare them as best we can with on- and off-field advice and guidance.

 

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