Younis Khan, Pakistan’s only batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs, was named the team’s batting coach last year, and his first duty was to accompany the team on its tour to England. He was then hired till the 2022 T20 World Cup, however his coaching contract was prematurely terminated due to disagreements with the Pakistan Cricket Board, and he has resigned.
According to ARYSports, ex-Pakistan batsman Rashid Latif revealed Younis Khan was playing football when he learned of his resignation.
“I was approached to accept this post by the then head of the cricket board when I was returning from Lords’ (attending the private event) in 2017,” Younis was quoted as saying by ARYSports.
“I had been considering taking this post for the previous three years after many people encouraged me to do so, but I am now here after six to seven months.
“I went to offer assistance to the PCB, but what can I say if they don’t want it?”
According to accounts, Khan was not amused by Mohammad Yousuf’s presence in the players’ camp ahead of the Proteas’ home series. Khan has issues about the National High-Performance Centre’s policies.
It’s not the first time PCB and Younis Khan’s relationship has deteriorated. The legendary hitter turned down an invitation to lead the Under-19 team and departed his coaching job with PCB three years ago since he was reportedly denied suitable housing at the National Cricket Academy. He also stepped down as captain in 2006.
Younis has been engaged as the PCB’s batting coach till the ICC T20 World Cup in 2022.
“I am delighted to be a long-term member of the Pakistan cricket team. When I was offered the opportunity this summer, I felt honoured and truly loved my time there; I now look forward to continue my work with the same group of people on an important tour of New Zealand,” she says.