Former Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf has been appointed as the head coach for Pakistan U19, as announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday.
Yousuf, who played in 381 international matches and gathered a whopping 17,250 runs across Test and ODI formats, is renowned as one of Pakistan’s finest batters.
In a press release, the PCB confirmed Yousuf’s new role, stating that his initial tasks include overseeing the 2023 ACC U19 Asia Cup in the UAE (from 8th to 17th December) and the 2024 ICC U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka (from 13th January to 4th February).
Expressing gratitude after assuming the U19 coaching position, Mohammad Yousuf thanked PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf for the opportunity to serve Pakistan cricket.
“I’m thrilled to take on the role of Pakistan U19 head coach and deeply grateful to Chairman PCB Management Committee Mr. Zaka Ashraf for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Yousuf remarked.
He also highlighted his enthusiasm for the upcoming U19 tournaments, emphasizing their importance in the players’ development and pledging to give their best efforts.
Yousuf emphasized his commitment to aiding young talents in honing their batting skills, drawing from his coaching experience with the senior men’s side.
“Identifying and nurturing young talent is vital for Pakistan cricket, and I’m dedicated to fulfilling my role in recognizing, enhancing, and guiding future stars,” he added
The article also noted significant recent changes within the PCB, including the resignation of former captain Babar Azam and subsequent alterations in team leadership and coaching staff. Notably, former players like Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, and Sohail Tanvir have taken up significant roles ahead of Pakistan’s upcoming Test series in Australia.