Former Pakistan skipper — Mohammad Yousuf, who was appointed by PCB as the batting coach for the National High-Performance Centre (NHPC) in Lahore, asserted that he will try to lend his expertise to the youngsters in the country.
The veteran Pakistan batsman Yousuf has amassed 7,530 runs in 90 Tests and 9,720 in 288 ODIs. His illustrious career spanned over 12 years between 1998 to 2010. Pertinently, his performance was exemplary as he averaged 52.29 in 90 Tests and 41.88 in 287 ODIs.
Now, on being appointed as the batting coach at the NHPC, Yousuf is keen to help young breed of cricketers by instilling confidence in them owing to the skillset and experience he is having as a professional.
On August, 20 — the Pakistan Cricket Board had introduced a renowned line-up of coaches for the National High-Performance Centre. Besides, the board has named at least six cricket associations in the domestic cricket season for 2020-21.
Mohammad Yousuf Thanks PCB For Being Appointed Batting Coach Of NHPC:
Mohammad Yousuf, who thanked God and PCB, is delighted to hold the fresh position to streamline cricket in Pakistan.
Back in 2010, Mohammad Yousuf was banned from playing international cricket for Pakistan, following an inquiry into the team’s defeats during the tour of Australia. Soon after being banned, Yousuf announced his retirement from international cricket on 29 March 2010.
However, after Pakistan’s disastrous first Test against England in July/August 2010, PCB decided to ask Mohammad Yousuf to come out of retirement, but he did not turn up for Pakistan since November 2010.
Thank you @TheRealPCB for my appointment as a batting coach in National High Performance Center and I will try my best to transfer my knowledge,experience and skills to the young cricketers. May Allah help me and all are requested to pray for me.
— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) August 20, 2020
Mohammad Yousuf was the third Pakistani batsmen to go past 6,000 runs in Test cricket, following Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq. His 24 Test Match centuries stand as the third most for Pakistan, behind Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
The elegant batsman Yousuf was the third player in ODI history and first from Pakistan to score an ODI hundred in his 100th appearance. He had scored 24 Test tons and 15 one-day hundreds.
PCB mentions 36 coaches for six Cricket Associations
Recently, the PCB has also revealed 36 coaches for the six Cricket Associations besides appointing Mohammad Yousuf as batting coach of NHPC.
Moreover, these six associations will feature in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy which is comprised of four-day first-class and three-day non-first-class fixtures. Besides, the National T20 Cup which has the formats based on first and second XIs.
Subsequently, Pakistan Cup — the One-day competition’s format stand as first and second XIs and the National Under-19 cricket tournament has the formats of three-day and one-day in Pakistan.
Former Pakistan stars who have been included in the coaching body include — Abdul Razzaq, Aizaz Cheema, Basit Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Ghulam Ali, Humayun Farhat, Irfan Fazil, and Zafar Iqbal.
Among them, Abdul Razzaq was one of the most experienced all-rounders who played alongside Mohammad Yousuf representing Pakistan from 1996 to 2013 and was a right-arm fast-medium bowler besides being a right-handed batsman.
The hard-hitting batsman Razzaq was the part of Pakistan squad that won ICC T20I 2009 World Cup. He played for Hyderabad Heroes in the rebel — Indian Cricket League who won the league in 2007/2008. After two seasons of playing in ICL, he expressed his desire to play for Pakistan again hoping that the then ban on ICL will be revoked by PCB.
On the other hand, Aizaz Cheema played in seven Tests and 14 one-dayers, Basit Ali played 19 Tests and 50 one-dayers, Faisal Iqbal played 26 Tests and 18 ODIs, Ghulam Ali played in three ODIs, Humayun Farhat played in one Test and five ODIs, Irfan Fazil played in a solitary Test and one ODI and Zafar Iqbal featured in eight ODIs.