The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has successfully drafted in former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan as the team’s batting coach ahead of their team’s tour to the UAE. He announced his retirement from all formats in 2017 and is now back into a coaching role with the Afghanistan national cricket team.
His appointment was confirmed just days after Umar Gul was announced as Afghanistan’s bowling coach for the upcoming series as well. Gul is also a retired Pakistan cricketer, was one of the reputed bowlers during his time.
“The UAE camp is a great opportunity for the players to get adequate training in the relevant departments of the game and get fully prepared for future competitions. Younis Khan and Umar Gul have rich experience of international cricket and I am sure they will help our boys overcome the concerns they have got in the batting and bowling departments” ACB CEO Naseeb Khan said in a statement.
The ACB CEO further said that the young Afghanistan players can learn a lot from the former Pakistan cricketers given their rich international experience.
Younis Khan & Umar Gul Have Rich International Experience: ACB CEO Naseeb Khan
“Younis Khan and Omar Gul have rich experience of international cricket and I am sure they will help our boys overcome the concerns they have got in the batting and bowling departments.”
This will be Younis’ second international coaching assignment since his retirement in 2017. He was appointed Pakistan’s batting consultant on a two-year contract but left his job after serving for six months. For Gul, he has had previous coaching stints in the PSL with Quetta Gladiators in the PSL, the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) and also the Lankan Premier League.
Former England cricketer Graham Thorpe will also join the team on a new coaching stint which will be finalised once he joins the team.