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Younis Khan to take up the role of Under-19 team head coach

Younis will also manage the responsibility as the chief of the national junior selection committee.

Younis Khan
Younis Khan. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

He has been one of Pakistan’s most accomplished batsmen and he is about to get a good recognition of his service for the nation. Younis Khan is set to take up the reins as the head coach of Pakistan’s U19 team though the final announcement will be made after completing a few formalities.

Younis, a former captain and the only Pakistani batsman to score over 10,000 runs in Tests, has been picked by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to guide the youngsters as India’s Rahul Dravid has done as the coach of the young teams. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani cited the example of Dravid who has done an outstanding job in nurturing youngsters and said that Pakistan would follow the BCCI’s footsteps and hand over responsibilities of bringing up young players to former cricketers.

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Younis, 41, will also manage the responsibility as the chief of the national junior selection committee. “A decision has been taken in this regard (appointment of Younis as the head coach of the Pakistan colts) within the PCB but the announcement will be made soon after completing a few formalities,” Times of India cited reports as quoting PCB sources.

PCB wants Younis to do what Dravid has done for India

“Younis will be given full powers as head coach and also chief selector of the national junior selection committee and he will be assisted by another former Test player Nadeem Khan who is in line to be appointed as manager,” the source was quoted as saying.

Both the former internationals will take up the job on a long-term basis and are likely to be with the junior until the next ICC Youth World Cup to be held in South Africa next year.

The source also said that Younis himself showed responsibility to take up the job but on the condition that he will take it up only if given full authority.

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