Younis Khan, the batting coach of the Pakistan national cricket team, has stepped down from his position, just before the limited-overs tour of England. Khan was appointed to better the Pakistani batsmen in November last year and his contract ran until the T20 World Cup 2022.
However, after just seven months as the batting coach, Younis Khan has decided to part ways with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Younis Khan’s first assignment at the helm was the New Zealand tour where Pakistan lost both Tests. They then defeated South Africa at home before coming good against the same team in their own den.
His last assignment as the Pakistan team batting coach was the tour of Zimbabwe on which Pakistan remained unbeaten and with him now stepping down from his position, the Men in Green will travel to the UK on June 25 without a batting coach.
It Is Sad To Lose An Expert Of The Stature And Experience Of Younis Khan: PCB CEO Wasim Khan
The PCB CEO Wasim Khan expressed disappointment on losing the services of Younis Khan and thanked him for his contribution to the team. He also hoped that the veteran cricketer continues to contribute to Pakistan cricket in the future.
Khan also confirmed in his statement that the decision to part ways when it became clear that PCB and Younis Khan were not on the same page.
“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,” he said according to the press release from PCB.
PCB and Younis Khan have refused to comment on the reasons why the decision was taken and won’t be shedding light on why the only Pakistani batsman to score more than 10,000 Test runs cut short his tenure as batting coach after just 7 months.