Former international Younis Khan has been appointed as the batting coach of the Pakistan men’s team until at least the 2022 T20 World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed Thursday (November 12). PCB has also appointed former Test spinner Arshad Khan as the bowling coach of the women’s team for a period of one year.
Younis, who accompanied the Pakistan team to England earlier this year, will now continue his responsibilities during the upcoming tour of New Zealand. When not traveling with the team, Younis will be based at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance in Karachi, where he’ll join Mohammed Yousuf. A work programme for his stay there will be drafted in due course.
“I am pleased to join the Pakistan cricket set-up on a long-term basis,” Younis said. “I felt honoured when I was given the opportunity this summer and thoroughly enjoyed my time, and I now look forward to continuing the work with the same group of people on an important tour of New Zealand.
“I am particularly happy that my scope of work has been extended beyond the national duties. I am equally interested and keen at working at the domestic level by identifying potential batsmen and then helping them improve their skills. However, I want to remind all fans and followers that there is a process to achieve excellence and while some improvements can be noticed quickly, this will require lots of hard work, perseverance and patience before the required skills are embedded and start producing consistent results.”
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan expressed contentment at having Younis involved with the national team for at least two years.
“The feedback we received about Younis’ impact in a short period of time in England was excellent. His work ethics, commitment and knowledge are second to none, and I am confident that his appointment will benefit a number of talented batsmen who have either recently broken into the national side or are knocking on the door of international cricket,” Wasim said.
“The PCB will also be utilising Younis Khan’s expertise and skills when he’s not on national duty as he will help local batsmen hone their skills. This is part of the PCB’s strategy to appoint highly-qualified and respected coaches across all major centres of the country so that we can start producing cricketers who can represent Pakistan with distinction.”