Former Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has stepped down as batting coach of Pakistan. Khan and the Pakistan Cricket Board have mutually agreed to part ways, the board announced on Tuesday. Khan took up the position in November last year signing a two-year contract with the PCB which would have ended after the T20 World Cup in 2022.
While the reasons behind Younis’s departure have not been revealed, PCB’s chief executive Wasim Khan shared that the decision was reached after much discussion. As Wasim went on to thank Younis for his services, he is hopeful of having the Pakistani batting legend around to assist the board in the future.
“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,” Wasim added.
Pakistan to travel to England sans batting coach following Younis Khan’s exit
Younis Khan’s resignation has led to speculations that he decided to quit the position as he was not happy with his role and wanted a greater say in selection matters. Reports even suggest that he was not satisfied by the way the Pakistan team is being prepared for the future. With him stepping down, Pakistan will be traveling to England for three ODIs and three T20Is without a batting coach.
“Pakistan men’s national 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,” a PCB statement read two days before the team’s departure.
Younis, Pakistan’s top Test run-getter with over 10,000 runs, has had his fair share of troubles with the governing body. In 2007, he had refused to captain the side in the Champions Trophy after he didn’t get to see the Chairman. In 2009, he resigned as captain after a revolt by some players against his leadership style. He had even returned a cash award given to him by the governing body as he was not happy with the treatment meted out to him by the authorities.