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    Younis Khan appointed Pakistan batting coach until T20 World Cup

    PCB confirms appointments of Younis and Arshad

    • “The PCB will also be utilising Younis Khan’s expertise and skills when he’s not on national duty as he will help local batsmen to hone their skills,” says Wasim Khan

    • “I am equally interested and keen on working at the domestic level by identifying potential batsmen and helping them improve their skills,” says Younis Khan

    • “This is an excellent opportunity to be working with women cricketers alongside David Hemp,” says Arshad Khan

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    Karachi, 12 November 2020:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed the appointment of former captain Younis Khan as batting coach of the Pakistan men’s national cricket team until, at least, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November with the final on 13 November.

    Younis had earlier accompanied Pakistan to England this summer and will now continue with his responsibilities for the upcoming series in New Zealand for which the side departs on 23 November.

    When not traveling with the national side, Younis will be based at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance in Karachi as a batting coach. A work programme will be developed with the National High Performance team.

    Younis, scored 10,099 runs at over 52 in 118 Tests; 7,249 runs in 265 ODIs and 442 runs in 25 T20Is. He has scored most Test centuries for Pakistan, 34, while his career-best 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009 lifted him to No.1 position in the ICC rankings.

    Younis also captained Pakistan to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2009 victory in England.

    PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “I am delighted that Younis will now be with for, at least, the next two years as our batting coach. The feedback we received about Younis’ impact in a short period of time in England was excellent. His work ethics, commitment and knowledge are second to none, and I am confident that his appointment will benefit a number of talented batsmen who have either recently broken into the national side or are knocking on the door of international cricket.

    “The PCB will also be utilising Younis Khan’s expertise and skills when he’s not on national duty as he will help local batsmen hone their skills. This is part of the PCB’s strategy to appoint highly-qualified and respected coaches across all major centres of the country so that we can start producing cricketers who can represent Pakistan with distinction.

    “This High Performance Centre element follows the recruitment of Mohammed Yousuf, who is based at the National High Performance Centre, meaning that the PCB has two of the very best contemporary ex-batters adding significant value and fulfilling important roles with developing and guiding the current and the future generation of Pakistan batsmen.”

    Younis Khan: “I am pleased to join the Pakistan cricket set-up on a long-term basis. I felt honoured when I was given the opportunity this summer and thoroughly enjoyed my time, and I now look forward to continuing the work with the same group of people on an important tour of New Zealand.

    “I am particularly happy that my scope of work has been extended beyond the national duties. I am equally interested and keen at working at the domestic level by identifying potential batsmen and then helping them improve their skills.

    “However, I want to remind all fans and followers that there is a process to achieve excellence and while some improvements can be noticed quickly, this will require lots of hard work, perseverance and patience before the required skills are embedded and start producing consistent results.”

    Meanwhile, the PCB has also appointed former Test spinner Arshad Khan as Pakistan women’s national cricket team’s bowling coach for one year. Arshad played nine Tests and 58 ODIs, taking 32 and 56 wickets, respectively.

    Arshad’s appointment has come within a month after former Bermuda and Glamorgan captain David Hemp was appointed head coach of the national side.

    Arshad will take up the role following the remaining four HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 where he is involved with Peshawar Zalmi and along with David, will be involved in the Women’s National T20 Championship.

    Arshad Khan: “This is an excellent opportunity to be working with women cricketers alongside David Hemp as we aim to collectively lift our national team in the upper half of the women’s draw.

    “When I look around at a big number of former international cricketers involved in the present set-up, it motivates me to not only prove my worth but also justify the faith imposed on me.

    “I now keenly look forward to looking at the available pool of women cricketers in the Women’s National T20 Championship and will then work on a strategy with David on how we move forward. This will be a demanding assignment and I am up for the challenge.”


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    Alhamdulillah. Great news for Haider Ali and Abdullah Shafique. Glad Misbah is not their primary batting coach anymore.

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    Alhamdulillah.

    Great appointment by Pakistan cricket board

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    Watch out boys, somebody gotta hold a knife to your throat sometimes.

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    Good news.


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    Is there anyway we can exchange coaches between Men's and Women's team.
    Hemp and Arshad for men and Misbah and Waqar for Women team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    Watch out boys, somebody gotta hold a knife to your throat sometimes.
    Don't see anyone offering batting advice to Younis anymore

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    The PCB got their wish, he will be working at the HPC in Karachi after all.

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    What a great news! Hopefully there are no clashes between him and misbah.

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    Good news for the batsmen who will have some stability. Let's see how he does.

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    Always felt Arshad Khan was underrated as a bowler. Dude was effective with a super clean offspinner's action. Only reason he didn't play a lot was that Saqi was a freak( 95 - 99) atleast 2000 onwards, he should have got more chances but Pakistan started playing spin allrounders like Malik and Hafeez instead. Very unlucky guy


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    Excellent. Should be the head coach too

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    Goes to show, putting on an act for the cameras really can help you get a high profile job.

    I just hope his boss doesn’t give him any tips on how to do his job or he might put a knife to his throat ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GudduBadmash View Post
    Excellent. Should be the head coach too
    So he can threaten and abuse the players? Good call

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    Don’t like the call - hope it works.

    I don’t see much of a difference between YK & Misbah as batting coach. Both former greats turned coach without proper qualification- YK can be good choice for U19 & emerging cricketers as he can inspire them, but the National batting coach’s job should be given to an experienced, qualified professional. It’s not the place where the coach will learn his task as well while coaching the players!!!!

    Batting has been the Achilles’ heel for PCT, but to my surprise, PCB never tried to hire a top pro for the job. At l ast now looking at Babar Azam, one should have realised what a qualified professional can do to a potential youngster in two-three years time. As said first - hope it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Always felt Arshad Khan was underrated as a bowler. Dude was effective with a super clean offspinner's action. Only reason he didn't play a lot was that Saqi was a freak( 95 - 99) atleast 2000 onwards, he should have got more chances but Pakistan started playing spin allrounders like Malik and Hafeez instead. Very unlucky guy
    Yah he had a very good mechanical action , very repeatable. Did well with the opportunities he got.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Forum363 View Post
    So he can threaten and abuse the players? Good call
    Our mentally weak players deserve tough love to get them performing

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    Wrong move. Younis is as wrong a man for this job as Misbah is for his job.

    Pakistan needs professional coaches, not enthusiasts.

    Younis will try to act as a teacher. Exactly the wrong thing at the top level.

    Unimpressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Always felt Arshad Khan was underrated as a bowler. Dude was effective with a super clean offspinner's action. Only reason he didn't play a lot was that Saqi was a freak( 95 - 99) atleast 2000 onwards, he should have got more chances but Pakistan started playing spin allrounders like Malik and Hafeez instead. Very unlucky guy
    Malik and Afridi were the main spinners in the ODI team after Saqlain faded away. Inzi always relied on part timers in ODIs more than searching for a specialist spinner. Kaneria was a failure in ODIs. Malik was a full time spinner then. Afridi's bowling started becoming better from 2005 onwards.
    Hafeez didn't become a regular till 2010. The longest run he got before that was one in 2003 and the other was mid 2006 till mid 2007.
    It was indeed a surprise to many when Saeed Ajmal was recruited into the side in 2008 and was given a long run in the side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GudduBadmash View Post
    Our mentally weak players deserve tough love to get them performing
    Why stop at Younis? Why not get in a deranged army general if tough love is what they need...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Don’t like the call - hope it works.

    I don’t see much of a difference between YK & Misbah as batting coach. Both former greats turned coach without proper qualification- YK can be good choice for U19 & emerging cricketers as he can inspire them, but the National batting coach’s job should be given to an experienced, qualified professional. It’s not the place where the coach will learn his task as well while coaching the players!!!!

    Batting has been the Achilles’ heel for PCT, but to my surprise, PCB never tried to hire a top pro for the job. At l ast now looking at Babar Azam, one should have realised what a qualified professional can do to a potential youngster in two-three years time. As said first - hope it works.
    I feel the opposite. I think a qualified pro batting coach is needed at the U19 and U23 levels instead of Ijaz Ahmed. At the higher level, your technique should be set already to a decent degree by the age of 24-25 and someone like Younis can give you tips based on experience and indicate slight modifications to technique based on playing conditions, while indicating mental approach as well as motivating the players (which he is good at).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    Malik and Afridi were the main spinners in the ODI team after Saqlain faded away. Inzi always relied on part timers in ODIs more than searching for a specialist spinner. Kaneria was a failure in ODIs. Malik was a full time spinner then. Afridi's bowling started becoming better from 2005 onwards.
    Hafeez didn't become a regular till 2010. The longest run he got before that was one in 2003 and the other was mid 2006 till mid 2007.
    It was indeed a surprise to many when Saeed Ajmal was recruited into the side in 2008 and was given a long run in the side.
    Yes , Inzi and woolmer preferred playing part time spinners fir control and didnt see them as wicket taking options in ODIs. But I thought atleast in home tests in the 2003-2007 period , they could have used Arshad as the 2nd spinner to support Kaneria. PCB really dropped the ball with him.


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    Pakistan needs to hire a professional power-hitting coach. Otherwise they would not be able to make to top three teams in the world.

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    Great, great news!

    Will be interesting to see how the youngsters develop under him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    I feel the opposite. I think a qualified pro batting coach is needed at the U19 and U23 levels instead of Ijaz Ahmed. At the higher level, your technique should be set already to a decent degree by the age of 24-25 and someone like Younis can give you tips based on experience and indicate slight modifications to technique based on playing conditions, while indicating mental approach as well as motivating the players (which he is good at).
    Theoretically right, I have also written that many times. But, that’s true when you are working with seasoned batsmen, already developed from domestic systems. Sanjay Bangar was quite successful as Indian batting coach for a reason. BCB actually is working in that model - there are several Srilankan & Indian batting coaches for the junior teams, academies and at FC/Club level, but the national batting coach are former Test players with several years of playing experience- Mackenzie, Siddons, McMillan ....

    PAK’s case is a bit different- players coming from domestics with lots of fundamental flaws and there are few young players picked at national level without much of domestic experience- for PAK’s case, I think at both level you need professionals, at least for first few years - once the revised domestic system gets settled, may be then former players with vast experience can work. At present, PCT needs subject matter experts for technical roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Don’t like the call - hope it works.

    I don’t see much of a difference between YK & Misbah as batting coach. Both former greats turned coach without proper qualification- YK can be good choice for U19 & emerging cricketers as he can inspire them, but the National batting coach’s job should be given to an experienced, qualified professional. It’s not the place where the coach will learn his task as well while coaching the players!!!!

    Batting has been the Achilles’ heel for PCT, but to my surprise, PCB never tried to hire a top pro for the job. At l ast now looking at Babar Azam, one should have realised what a qualified professional can do to a potential youngster in two-three years time. As said first - hope it works.
    This is the fear I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Theoretically right, I have also written that many times. But, that’s true when you are working with seasoned batsmen, already developed from domestic systems. Sanjay Bangar was quite successful as Indian batting coach for a reason. BCB actually is working in that model - there are several Srilankan & Indian batting coaches for the junior teams, academies and at FC/Club level, but the national batting coach are former Test players with several years of playing experience- Mackenzie, Siddons, McMillan ....

    PAK’s case is a bit different- players coming from domestics with lots of fundamental flaws and there are few young players picked at national level without much of domestic experience- for PAK’s case, I think at both level you need professionals, at least for first few years - once the revised domestic system gets settled, may be then former players with vast experience can work. At present, PCT needs subject matter experts for technical roles.
    Makes sense. I do think Younis is a better option than Misbah, though a Gio Collusi or Gary Palmer would be a more useful proposition.

    What are your thoughts on Mohammad Yousuf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Yes , Inzi and woolmer preferred playing part time spinners fir control and didnt see them as wicket taking options in ODIs. But I thought atleast in home tests in the 2003-2007 period , they could have used Arshad as the 2nd spinner to support Kaneria. PCB really dropped the ball with him.
    Arshad was mainly given chances during Inzi era as that super sub in ODIs

    Pakistan seldom played 2 spinners in a test at home those days. It started regularly from the SA series 2007 at home onwards.
    Pitches used to be supportive of seam bowling back then, esp at Rawalpindi and Karachi. Plus A Razzaq was a regular so the bowling workload in a test was shared more between the pacers. Pakistan's pitches had started to become way too awful from 2006 onwards. During the infamous 2009 series against SL, the pitches were appalling afterwards no international cricket at home added to the ever declining quality of the pitches.

    Arshad did play that drawn 2005 series in India, but I think Afridi sort of overshadowed him there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Makes sense. I do think Younis is a better option than Misbah, though a Gio Collusi or Gary Palmer would be a more useful proposition.

    What are your thoughts on Mohammad Yousuf?
    YK is probably better. I have a feeling that MoYo comes with a feeling of some sort of entitlement- not good for a coaching role which needs constant learning, listening habit & open mind to accept mistakes....

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    Very good decision let's hope he stays level headed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forum363 View Post
    Why stop at Younis? Why not get in a deranged army general if tough love is what they need...
    Sure I am up for harsh treatment whatever way it may come.

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    ngl Younis comes across as a real weirdo with the odd screw loose. Not entirely sure this will work out well. Only time will tell I guess.

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    The decision makes sense and I hope he does well.

    His experience and knowledge of the game can only be a good thing for upcoming Pakistani batsmen.

    My only concern is the spitting the dummy out scenario which could be something that happens with Younis.



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    At least we will see hour after hour, day after day of note taking...
    Paper chase should sponsor him..


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