Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has advised the country’s cricket board to appoint Younis Khan as the full-time batting coach. Younis is currently on his first stint with the national team as a batting consultant. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had appointed the former captain as the batting coach for the team’s ongoing tour of England.Also Read - BCCI-PCB Discussion on Sidelines of ACC Executive Board Meeting: 10 Talking Points
According to a reliable source in the board, Misbah has had a discussion with PCB CEO Wasim Khan on the subject. “Younis has been appointed as batting coach of the senior team for only the England tour. But Misbah has been very impressed with the dedication and hard work put in by Younis Khan while working with the batsmen in the team in England,” the source said. Also Read - IPL 2021 Final: Dwayne Bravo Sets New Record With 16th T20 Title, Takes a Dig at Kieron Pollard After Chennai Super Kings Win 4th IPL Trophy
“Misbah has asked Wasim Khan to consider giving Younis a long-term contract with the team as he feels the former captain and teammate will only have a positive influence on the batsmen in the team,” the source added. Also Read - IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Heaps Praise on Kolkata Knight Riders' Comeback in UAE Leg, Says KKR Deserve to Win This Year's Tournament
The source said the board is likely to follow Misbah’s advice and rope in 42-year-old Younis for a longer contract.
“Everyone has been pleasantly surprised to see the positive and cheerful behaviour of Younis although during his playing days he was known for his flashy temperament and run-ins with the establishment,” the source added.
Younis, who is Pakistan’s highest run-getter in Test cricket with the most centuries, had recently said he is enjoying his stint as the batting coach.
“Nothing would make me happier than to see Babar Azam or Asad Shafiq go and break many records in the years to come. I am working with the batsmen not just from a technical point of view but also on their mindset because it is the mental approach of a player which decides whether he will be a world-class performer or not,” Younis had said.