- Feb 23, 2024
- Jan 3, 2023
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to appoint Mohammad Yousuf as the permanent batting coach for the national team. The news comes in after Yousuf’s release from the batting coach role at the National High-Performance Centre (NHPC) in Lahore.
The former Pakistani cricketer who served the nation for over a decade on the international stage will now take up the coaching role. Yousuf was one of the most prolific batters across Tests and ODIs and amassed over 17,000 runs in 350+ appearances. He also holds the record for most runs by a batter in red-ball cricket in a calendar year, scoring a whopping 1788 runs in 2006 for the Men in Green.
PCB’s decision to appoint the legendary batter as the permanent batting coach comes in following his departure from the coaching role at the NHPC. The advertisement for the vacated post will be released soon. Yousuf will work alongside Aussie batting great Matthew Hayden, who was appointed as the batting consultant for the Pakistani team ahead of the T20 World Cup in 2021 and will continue in his role with the T20 World Cup in Australia, later this year.
Mohammed Yousuf on Abdullah Shafique
He heaped praise on Abdullah Shafique for playing very well and absorbing pressure in a tough situation that helped Pakistan come out victorious in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka.
Shafique has currently got 720 runs under his belt after just six games, the fourth highest by any batter after playing six Tests.
“Abdullah does not have much experience, is a new boy, but he showed temperament and played well in tough and pressure situations,” Yousuf was quoted as saying by Geo Super according to Cricwick.
Mohammed Yousuf will work with Mathew Hayden who was appointed as batting consultant for the T20 World Cup in 2021. He will be acting as a bridge between Mathew Hayden and the local Pakistan players to ensure they get the best tips and advice while batting.