Pakistan's Test cricketers ecstatic about working with Younis, Mustaq
Pakistan Test cricketers welcomed the appointment of former players Younis Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed in the coaching staff for the upcoming tour of England.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had earlier announced that legendary cricketers Younis Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed have been appointed as team's batting and spin bowling coach respectively for the upcoming England tour.
"I have been fortunate to play a number of Tests with Younis," Test captain Azhar Ali was quoted saying in a press release by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "He is one of the best non-England batsmen to perform consistently and score heavily in English conditions in the past two decades."
Azhar went on to say that the appointment is an excellent opportunity for the batsmen to learn from the celebrated cricketer. "It gives me great confidence that in Misbah-ul-Haq, Mushtaq, Waqar Younis and Younis, there will be a collective experience of 332 Tests sitting in the backroom on which I can seek guidance and support."
Vice-captain Babar Azam stated that Younis Khan is a living legend and he is inspired by the legend's resilience, grit and determination. "He has done wonders for Pakistan and we are privileged that he will be part of our dressing room again. As part of a young and learning group of batsmen, there can’t be a better feeling to have the geniuses of Misbah and Younis on my side upon which I can strengthen and define my future career."
Opener Shan Masood also expressed his excitement and said that the PCB took a great step by adding Younis to the coaching unit. "Personally, I have always had a student-mentor relationship with him, having played with him in domestic teams and, more importantly, in the Pakistan team. The fact that we will all be sharing a dressing room with him excites me, as there is so much experience to draw from."
Shan further stated that Younis loved helping his others and sometimes spent more time on other players than he did on himself.
Spinner Yasir Shah, speaking on Mushtaq's appointment, stated that the former spinner helped slow bowlers to become more effective in their art. "I feel my recent Test performances have not been up to my expectations but, if selected and with Mushtaq on my side, I hope to play a big part in the team’s overall objective of winning the first Test series in England since 1996."