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Younis Khan steps down as Pakistan’s batting coach ahead of England tour

By Bet Barter

June 22, 2021

Former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan has stepped down as Pakistan's batting coach ahead of the England tour. The 43-year-old was appointed as the batting coach in November on a 2-year contract until the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022. However, within seven months, the Pakistan Cricket Board and Younis Khan decided to part ways. Both PCB and Younis Khan have agreed not to make any further comments on the reasons for the former's sudden departure.

I want to thank Younis Khan for his contributions during his short stint: Wasim Khan

Younis Khan was appointed as the batting coach ahead of Pakistan's tour of England last year. He was supposed to join head coach Misbah ul Haq, bowling coach Waqar Younis and spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed in the team management. This was also his first appointment with the Pakistan Cricket Board since his retirement in 2017. Younis Khan has played 408 international games for Pakistan. In those games, the former has accumulated around 18000 runs across all three formats. During his tenure as a batting coach, the Pakistan cricket team had mixed results. In five overseas Tests in England and New Zealand, Pakistan drew two and lost three matches. After that, they defeated South Africa across formats - both home and away-and had a successful tour to Zimbabwe.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan appreciated Younis Khan for his contribution to the team. He also hoped that the former batsman continues to contribute to Pakistan cricket in future. However, in his statement, Wasim Khan also stated that the two parties reluctantly decided to part ways. Thus, it clear that the board and Younis Khan were not on the same page on some matters off the field.

The Babar Azam-led team is most likely to travel to the United Kingdom without a batting coach. However, the decision to appoint Younis Khan's replacement for the West Indies tour will be made in due course. The Men in Green will play three ODIs and as many T20Is in a tour of England. Post that, they will travel to the Caribbean for five T20Is and two Test matches against the West Indies.

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