Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has roped in Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf as the batting coach in the National High-Performance Centre (NHPC) while Atiq-uz-Zaman and Mohammad Zahid will join him as fielding coach and fast bowling coach respectively.
Beside recruiting NHPC’s coach, PCB also confirmed 36 coaches for six Cricket Associations for the 2020-21 domestic cricket season. They were all recruited after going through several processes, including survey, self- assessment, 360-assessment, panel interview and application process.
PCB in a statement released said that Mohammad Yousuf led a star-studded line-up of coaches would better contribute to groom youngsters to prepare them for international challenges.
“With Mushtaq Ahmed already working as spin bowling consultant, the NHPC is now fully loaded with experienced coaches to hone the skill and talent of promising young cricketers and prepare them for challenges at the highest level,” PCB said in a statement.
“Furthermore, these four coaches will also support and supplement the national teams’ player support personnel to help the elite cricketers continually improve their skills and prepare appropriately for success at an international level,” it added.
Mohammad Yousuf delighted to become a coach
Mohammad Yousuf, who has scored 7,530 Test and 9,720 ODI runs in a career spanning from 1998 to 2010, has opined that it was always his ambition to become a coach. He is delighted to get the job and is ready to nurture the young guns to become the future of Pakistan cricket.
“My ambitions in making a career in coaching are an open secret but it was all about the timing and a proper roadmap for our future cricket in which I could contribute effectively. I believe this is the right time for me to start my second innings as I can sense the intent and optimism in the approach,” Yousuf said.
“I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity and I firmly believe I can help young cricketers by transferring my knowledge and experience, which I have acquired after being part of one of the brightest and formidable eras of Pakistan cricket,” the former Pakistan captain added.
National High-Performance Centre coaches
Atiq-uz-Zaman (fielding/wicketkeeping coach), Mohammad Yousuf (batting consultant/coach) and Mohammad Zahid (fast bowling coach). Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling consultant/coach, retained).