Why did Younis Khan quit his post as Pakistan batting coach?


Former batting coach Younis Khan. Photo file

KARACHI: Former Pakistan batting coach Younis Khan revealed on Thursday that he had parted ways with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after allegedly receiving a threatening phone call from the director of the International Cricket Board.

Khan, the only Pakistani to lead the national team to a T20 World Cup victory in 2009, was speaking on a private news channel where he revealed the reason for his departure from the coveted position of batting coach .

The former batting coach said he left a players’ camp in Lahore as he had to attend to his dental surgery and also spend time with his family before the team left for consecutive tours to England , the West Indies and T20 World. Chopped off.

“Everyone knows my situation; I have a wife and three children,” he said. “If I cannot give time to my children, how can I give time to the young people of Pakistan? he added.

Khan said he informed the PCB that he would not be able to join the team on their next tour because he had dental procedures on June 16 and 18.

He said his doctor advised him to join the camp on June 22 or 23 since he was due to have another procedure. The board, however, wanted Khan to join the bio-secure bubble from June 20.

However, Khan said he received a threatening phone call from the PCB director of international cricket, who told the former captain that since he had not reported to the bubble on June 20, he could not travel. with the team on the England tour.

Khan then said that the director of PCB asked him if he “remembers what we (PCB) did with Mohammad Hafeez” or not.

“I told him ‘I am Younis Khan, not Mohammad Hafeez’,” Khan revealed.

Hafeez had been fall in February from the national team after he failed to reach a bio-secure bubble due to his commitments in the T20 cricket league.

Khan said he also resigned his batting coach position in January after the PCB high performance center began to interfere with his duties.

Khan said he withdrew his resignation when PCB CEO Waseem Khan apologized for the incident. The former batting coach said he was not made aware of the bio-secure bubble by the board, adding that he received a call on June 22 from the board doctor who asked him why he didn’t had not yet joined the bubble.

“I told him that it was not possible for me to join the bubble because I have an operation coming up,” he said.

The players of 2009 revolt

Khan spoke about the 2009 revolt in the Pakistani dressing room, where almost the entire team revolted against him, while he was the team captain.

“If the players had had issues with me they could have talked to me. They said they didn’t want me to be captain, but just wanted cricket to talk to me to change my attitude,” a- he declared.

“So how come when the player met then PCB president Ejaz Butt, a senior player, apparently Afridi asked for the captain to be changed. For me it was about ambitions of captain, “he added.

Khan said that for the last two years before his retirement all he did was focus on his cricket and steer clear of any other controversy.

Asked about his sudden retirement from ODI in 2016, Khan said:

“It was not at all abrupt. I had made the decision in advance to withdraw from the ODI because I had not been selected in the ODI while playing eleven during the last two years”, a he added.

Khan said that the day before his first game, in 2016, after being absent from the squad for a few years, he called the head coach (Haroon Rasheed at the time) to thank him.

“I told him I was thinking about retiring from the ODI and he turned around and roughly told me that it was up to me to decide but he had selected me for the series against England and me (Younis ) just had to listen to the team’s direction and play the way they wanted, ”revealed the former batting coach.

Khan said he got annoyed at the tone and then quit ODI cricket.


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