Younis Khan steps down as Pakistan’s batting coach

Just couple of days before the Green Brigade’s departure to England for a limited-overs tour, former captain Younis Khan on Tuesday stepped down as Pakistan’s batting coach without giving any specification.

The Pakistan Cricket board (PCB) said it has agreed upon Khan’s decision “reluctantly but amicably”.

“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 said two days before the team’s departure.

The Pakistan team is slated to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in England tour between June 25 and July 20.

They will then head to the West Indies from July 21 to August 24 to feature in five T20Is and two Tests.

As per reports, Younis had decided to step down as he was not happy with his role and wanted a greater say in selection matters.

Commenting on the development,  PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said it was sad to lose an expert of the stature and experience of Younis.

“Following a series of discussions, we both have reluctantly but mutually and amicably agreed that it was time to move in different directions. Hope he will remain available to assist the PCB by sharing his vast knowledge with the emerging cricketers,” he expressed.

Notably, Younis, who remains Pakistan’s top Test run-getter with over 10,000 runs, had refused to captain the national side team in the 2007 Champions Trophy after he didn’t get time to meet with the PCB Chairman.

In 2009, he had resigned as Pakistan captain due to conflicts within the dressing room.

News Desk

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