- Younis Khan appointed as batting coach of Pakistan for England Tour
- Mushtaq Ahmed appointed as spin bowling consultant for England Tour
Younis Khan, Pakistan’s most prolific Test middle-order batsman and the first and only Pakistan batsman with over 10,000 Test runs, has been appointed as their batting coach for their upcoming tour of England. The Pakistan Cricket Board also appointed wrist spinner and a veteran of 52 Tests Mushtaq Ahmed, who has guided both England and the West Indies team in the past as spin bowling coach, as the team’s spin bowling coach and mentor for the three-Test and three-T20Is series, which will be played in August-September.
This is Khan’s first appointment with the PCB since his retirement in 2017. Responding on the news, Younis Khan said: “For me, there has never been a bigger honour 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.” He added “The Pakistan side includes some immensely talented cricketers who have the potential to achieve greater heights. Together with Misbah-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed and Waqar Younis, we will try to make them better and prepare them as best as we can with on and off field coaching and guidance. This particular tour provides me with an ideal opportunity where I can spend post-training time with the players to engage with them on batting techniques, bowler assessments, mental toughness exercises besides talking them through with scenario planning,” said Younis, who holds an impressive record against England.
Pakistan head coach, Misbah, who forged many big partnerships with Younis welcomed him saying “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. Mushtaq Ahmed is loaded with the experience of helping elite cricketers from different countries and is widely regarded as a mentor. Mushtaq is always involved in the game and this attitude will further help us in our pre-series preparations and enhance our prospects in the series,” added Misbah
The appointments have been made to provide head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and fast bowling coach Waqar Younis the essential resources to uplift the team’s performance. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “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 were never in doubt and he jumped at the opportunity.”
“Mushtaq knows the English conditions as well as anyone, having spent a lot of time playing county cricket and working with the England cricket team,” said Wasim. “It is crucial that the side understands the conditions that they will encounter in the upcoming series and so having the experience of the likes of Younis Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed to compliment head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and fast bowling coach Waqar Younis will be invaluable.”