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Mohammad Yousuf appointed Pakistan junior team head coach – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continued its streak of new appointments by naming former captain Mohammad Yousuf as the head coach of the national U-19 team in preparation for the upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup early next year.
Yousuf’s selection follows closely after the PCB’s appointment of former fast bowler Sohail Tanvir as the head of the junior selection committee.
In a series of decisions made in the wake of Pakistan’s early exit from the World Cup in India, the PCB also announced the induction of former pacer Wahab Riaz as the chief selector of the national selection committee.
Additionally, Mohammad Hafeez, who recently resigned from the technical committee, has been appointed as the director of cricket (men’s team) and is expected to take on a coaching role during the team’s imminent tours of Australia and New Zealand.
Yousuf brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as a batting coach for the Pakistan team and at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
Renowned as one of Pakistan’s premier batsmen, he boasts an impressive record with 7,530 Test runs and 9,720 in ODIs, spanning a career from 1998 to 2010.
Notably, his remarkable feat of amassing 1,788 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 99.33 (including nine centuries and three half-centuries) during 2006 still stands as the highest runs scored in a calendar year.
“Having had the privilege of working with the senior men’s side, I will bring my coaching experience to the U19 set-up, providing a nurturing environment for the young talents to thrive and make a mark on the international level,” Yousuf said in a PCB statement.
Yousuf said he had agreed to become the junior team head coach since it was important to identify young talent and groom and harness them for the senior team.
A reliable source in the PCB also confirmed that former fast bowler Umar Gul would also be named as the new bowling coach of the senior team going to Australia and New Zealand.
“Hafeez will also be batting coach of the senior side, while senior bureaucrat Naved Akram Cheema is going to be appointed as the new manager of the team, with Mansoor Rana as the operational manager of the side,” the source said.
These announcements will be made after board’s managing committee chairman Zaka Ashraf returns from India on Monday after attending the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting and World Cup final in Ahmedabad.
(With inputs from PTI)

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