fbpx mmnews

Younis Khan quits as cricket team batting coach

Younis Khan was appointed as batting coach in November 2020. Source: PCB

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and national cricket team batting coach Younis Khan have mutually agreed to part ways.

Younis was appointed last year in November on a two-year contract until the T20 World Cup 2022. This was also his first appointment since his retirement in 2017.

He was appointed ahead of Pakistan’s tour of England last year to join head coach Misbah ul Haq, bowling coach Waqar Younis and spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed in the team management.

Pakistan had mixed results since he took over as batting coach. In five overseas Tests in England and New Zealand, Pakistan drew two and lost three before beating South Africa followed by a successful tour to Zimbabwe.

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said it is sad to lose an expert of the stature and experience of Younis Khan. “Following a series of discussions, we both have reluctantly but mutually and amicably agreed that it was time to move in different directions.”

“I want to thank Younis Khan for his contributions during his short stint as the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s batting coach and hope he will remain available to assist the PCB by sharing his vast knowledge with the emerging cricketers,” he added.

Both PCB and Younis Khan have agreed to not make any further comment on the reasons for the former captain’s departure.

Pakistan’s cricket team will travel to the United Kingdom without a batting coach, while the decision to appoint Younis Khan’s replacement for the West Indies tour will be made in due course.

The team will tour the UK from 25 June to 20 July for three ODIs and three T20Is, while the West Indies tour will be from 21 July to 24 August where the visiting team will feature in five T20Is and two Tests.