Younis Khan to coach Afghanistan team after retirement
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Younis Khan to coach Afghanistan team after retirement

Pakistan cricket great, Younis Khan, will take over as Afghanistan coach on his retirement at the end of the current Test series in the West Indies, according to the chief of the country’s cricket Board.

cricket Updated: May 11, 2017 23:24 IST
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Retiring Pakistan batting great Younis Khan will take up coaching the Afghanistan cricket team.(AFP)

Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan is set to join the Afghanistan national team as coach after he retires from international cricket at the end of the ongoing third Test against West Indies, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Atif Mashal said on Thursday.

Mashal told a news channel here that Younis, 39, has agreed to coach the Afghanistan team. “We are currently finalising his contract,” he said.

Several of former Pakistan captains and players have coached the Afghanistan team, including current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, former captain Rashid Latif and pacer Kabir Khan. Inzamam resigned as Afghanistan’s head coach last year to become Pakistan’s chief selector.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan also said on Thursday that the Board had plans for Younis and he would only disclose them after speaking to the former captain and getting his consent.

Younis became the first Pakistani batsman to score 10,000 Test runs in the first Test in the West Indies.

There have been media reports that PCB wants Younis to work with the Pakistan under-19 team and prepare them for the upcoming ICC Youth World Cup. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will also retired at the end of the Carribean Test tour.

First Published: May 11, 2017 23:24 IST