Pakistani veteran cricketer ‘Younis Khan’ of Mardan to coach Afghanistan national cricket team

Younis-Khan-1KABUL: Renowned Pakistani player Younis Khan is going to be appointed as batting coach of Afghanistan’s fast-rising cricket team, a board official was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman Atif Mashal told a Pakistani newspaper the veteran Pakistani batsman, currently touring West Indies, had agreed to coach the Afghan side after his retirement later this month.

“Younis (currently playing the final Test match of his illustrious career) has agreed to coach the Afghan cricket team and the board is currently finalising the contract,” Mashal told DawnNews.

Some Pakistani like Inzamam ul Haq, Rashid Latif and Kabir Khan have already coached the Afghan squad. The 39-year-old achieved a significant milestone in April when he became the first Pakistani batsman to amass 10,000 Test runs.

Approached for comments, ACB spokesman Farid Hotak said direct negotiations were yet to be held with the Pakistani great. He, however, said the board was in contact through indirect communication channels with Khan.

Hotak hailed Khan as a legend whose willingness to coach the Afghanistan would be an honour for the boad and the squad.

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