Younis Khan yells to team mates after damaging his bat during a Test match. File / Reuters
Gulf Today Report
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and national men's team batting coach Younis Khan on Tuesday ‘mutually’ parted ways, seven months after the former batsman had accepted a two-year contract.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) declined to comment on the reasons Younis quit just days before the national team is due to leave for England to play a limited-overs series.
Younis was appointed last November on a two-year contract until the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in 2022.
"It is sad to lose an expert of the stature and experience of Younis Khan,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement on Tuesday. "Following a series of discussions, we both have reluctantly but mutually and amicably agreed that it was time to move in different directions.”
Both the PCB and Younis have agreed to not make any further comment on the reasons for the former captain’s departure, the official said said. The PCB official said that the cricket board looked forward to Younis "sharing his vast knowledge with the emerging cricketers.”
The Pakistan squad is set to leave on Friday for three one-day internationals and three T20s in England. Pakistan will later tour West Indies for five T20s and two Test matches.
The PCB said the team will be without batting coach in England and a decision would be made on a replacement for the tour of the West Indies.
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