Younis Khan appointed Pakistan batting coach for England tour
Younis Khan has been named Pakistan's batting coach for the upcoming England tour scheduled in August-September, the PCB announced on Tuesday.
In addition to Younis, the PCB has managed to rope in Mushtaq Ahmed, who will serve as the side's spin bowling coach and mentor over the course of the tour comprising of three Tests and three T20Is.
Pakistan's high-profile coaching staff already boasts the presence of fast bowling coach Waqar Younis while Misbah-ul-Haq is at the helm of affairs.
Younis, 42, is Pakistan's most successful Test batsman with an astronomical tally of 10,099 runs across 118 games at a stellar average of 52.05.
His illustrious career includes a remarkable 313 against Sri Lanka at Karachi's National Stadium in 2009, which vaulted him to the No. 1 spot in the ICC rankings.
“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," Younis commented on his appointment.
“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."
Younis enjoys an extraordinary record in England where he has racked up 810 runs in nine Tests and was at the forefront of his team's series-levelling victory during the 2016 tour when he smashed a breathtaking 218 at The Oval.
Separately, Younis possesses a wealth of experience in the English County Championship as he was part of the Yorkshire lineup in the 2007 season.
“I have never been shy of sharing my experiences and knowledge, and I think 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," he added.
“We all know English conditions demand not only precise technique but patience and discipline, and if you can master these, then you will not only excel in England but anywhere in the world.
"With the quality we have in the team, I think we have a good chance to produce good results if we prepare properly, get our processes right and hit the ground running as soon as we land."
Pakistan's tour of England is still subject to approval from the UK government as the PCB and the ECB continue to be engaged in discussions regarding the feasibility of arranging the series and organising "bio-secure" bubbles for players.
The matches will take place in the aftermath of the West Indies' three-Test series with England, that is set to bring an end to the drought of international cricket.
'Younis has proven to be a great ally and support' - Misbah
Welcoming the chance of working alongside his former teammate, Misbah praised Younis' commitment and passion to mentor youngsters.
“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," he said.
Misbah welcomed the chance of working alongside Younis once again ©AFP
“When I took over the captaincy during a difficult period in 2010, Younis proved to be a great ally and support, and I am confident he will provide similar assistance as we head to England with a clear objective of putting Pakistan cricket back on the road to success.
“With the reputation and record Younis brings with him not only as a disciplined and hardworking batsman but also as an athletic fielder and a strategist, I see this as a great opportunity for our young players to hone their skills and learn how to make the transition from a good to a great cricketer."
Misbah also spoke enthusiastically about Mushtaq's inclusion in the coaching set-up as the leg-spin wizard has previously worked with Pakistan cricket as well.
“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," Misbah opined.
“Due to events beyond human control, the series in England will be one of the most challenging and difficult, and, as such, we need to have the best talent and brains on our side. Younis as well as Mushtaq clearly tick all these and additional boxes, which will assist us in achieving our targets.”