Mohammad Yousuf Appointed Pakistan Junior Team Head Coach
After making new appointments, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday named former captain Mohammad Yousuf as the head coach of the U-19 national team ahead of the Asia Cup and World Cup early next year. Yousuf’s appointment comes a day after PCB elevated former fast bowler Sohail Tanvir as the head of the junior selection committee. Among the activities done in the last few days after Pakistan’s first World Cup exit in India, the PCB also announced the appointment of former pacer Wahab Riaz as the chief selector of the national selection committee.
Mohammad Hafeez, who recently resigned as one of the members of the technical committee, has not only been named as the director of cricket (men’s team) but is expected to double up as a coach during the team’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. .
Yousuf, who previously served as the batting coach of the Pakistan team and also at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, is ranked as one of Pakistan’s top batsmen, with 7,530 Test runs and 9,720 in ODIs in a career from 1998 to 2010 .
With 1,788 runs in 11 Tests at 99.33 (9x100s, 3x50s), Yousuf also holds the record for scoring most runs in a calendar year. He got rid of the fear in 2006.
“Having had the privilege of working with the senior team, I will bring my coaching experience to the under-19 team, providing a nurturing environment for the young talents to thrive and make their mark on the international level,” said Yousuf in a. PCB statement.
Yousuf said he agreed to be the head coach of the junior team because it was important to identify young talent and groom and use them for the senior team.
A reliable source in the PCB also confirmed that former fast bowler Umar Gul would also be named as the new bowling coach of the senior team going to Australia and New Zealand.
“Hafeez will also coach the senior side, while senior bureaucrat Naved Akram Cheema will be appointed as the team’s new manager, while Mansoor Rana will be the side’s operations manager,” the source said.
These announcements will be made after board management committee chairman Zaka Ashraf returned from India on Monday after attending the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting and the World Cup final in Ahmedabad.
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