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Yousuf gets High Performance Centre role, Razzaq added in reshuffled selection panel
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Yousuf gets High Performance Centre role, Razzaq added in reshuffled selection panel

Mohammad Yousuf will be spearheading a high-profile line-up of coaches for the National High Performance Centre, the PCB confirmed on Thursday.

Yousuf, who has been appointed as the batting consultant at the High Performance Centre at Lahore, will be joined by former wicketkeeper Atiq-uz-Zaman and speedster Mohammad Zahid as well.

Yousuf figures among the most prolific Pakistan batsmen to play the game, managing to finish his career as the country's fourth-leading run-getter in Tests and second-highest run-scorer in ODIs.

Atiq, on the other hand, represented Pakistan briefly and enjoyed an illustrious domestic career as he later coached a departmental side post-retirement.

Zahid shot to prominence in 1996 when he became the first Pakistani bowler to pick up a ten-wicket haul on debut. Having earned the reputation of being an intimidating quick, Zahid's promising career was cut short by a back injury that meant he only turned out for Pakistan in five Tests and 11 ODIs.

The three individuals will be working alongside Mushtaq Ahmed, who was selected as the spin bowling consultant at the High Performance Centre.

Their responsibilities will cater towards honing the skills of the newer crop of cricketers and helping the elite players improve themselves.

“My ambitions in making a career in coaching are an open secret but it was all about the timing and a proper roadmap for our future cricket in which I could contribute effectively," Yousuf said.

"I believe this is the right time for me to start my second innings as I can sense the intent and optimism in the approach.

“I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity and I firmly believe I can help young cricketers by transferring my knowledge and experience, which I have acquired after being part of one of the brightest and formidable eras of Pakistan cricket," the former Pakistan skipper added.

“This will be an exciting and challenging task but I am up for it and look forward to making a meaningful contribution.”

Among the appointments in the six Cricket Associations, the PCB has announced 36 coaches for the 2020-21 domestic season.

The domestic season encompasses the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, National T20 Cup, Pakistan One-Day Cup and the National U19 cricket tournament.

The process of hiring and retaining coaches was finalised by a panel comprising of Grant Bradburn (Head of High Performance Coaching), Saqlain Mushtaq (Head of International Player Development) and Shahid Aslam (National Men’s Team Assistant).

The international cricketers who will now take up coaching roles in the set-up include Abdul Razzaq, Aizaz Cheema, Basit Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Ghulam Ali, Humayun Farhat, Irfan Fazil and Zafar Iqbal.

By virtue of being roped in as first XI coaches, Razzaq, Basit, Faisal and Shahid will join the national men's selection panel, which boasts the presence of head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and retained first XI coaches Abdur Rehman and Mohammad Wasim.

Reshuffled selection committee: Misbah-ul-Haq (chief selector), Abdul Razzaq (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Basit Ali (Sindh), Faisal Iqbal (Balochistan), Shahid Anwar (Central Punjab), Abdur Rehman (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Wasim (Northern)

Commenting on the comprehensive recruitment exercise, Saqlain expressed his satisfaction at grouping together a star-studded list of coaches.

“It has been a rigorous 360-degree review and recruitment process, and in the end, I am happy that we have been able to attract some of the very best ex-international and domestic performers strictly on merit of their coaching ability," he said

"I am convinced they will contribute selflessly in making our 2020-21 domestic season stronger and more competitive. We have listened to our players and aim to provide a balance of the coaching they want and the coaching they need to take Pakistan to the top of world cricket."

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