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'Players require time to settle in their respective roles' - Younis Khan
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'Players require time to settle in their respective roles' - Younis Khan

Pakistan batting coach Younis Khan has commented on the difficulties of executing coaching duties in the context of a constant chopping and changing attitude employed by the national selectors.

The former Pakistan skipper explained that the newer set of players inducted into the team demanded attention and ample amount of time to adjust their game to the highest standards.

Younis felt this change could only be possible under his tenure if the management backed the same group of players for a longer duration.

The 43-year-old's remarks follow Pakistan's decision to select as many as nine uncapped players in their Test squad for the upcoming series against South Africa. The dramatic team overhaul instituted by newly appointed chief selector Mohammad Wasim has seen the likes of Shan Masood and Haris Sohail being dropped from the side with domestic performers being chosen over them.

"Ideally, when a player is selected for the national team, he should have lots of cricket to back him up and as coaches, we should understand that rookie players require time to settle in their roles," Younis said in an interaction with the media on Wednesday.

"I really want the players selected for this series to accompany us for the next 2-3 series because it becomes difficult for us when players keep changing. I hope to spend 1-2 years with this team so I can work on them," he stressed.

Younis drew from his personal struggles in the nascent stage of his career since he made his Test debut in 2000 but only became a vital cog in the middle-order a few years down the line.

"If I reflect on my experience, I too was a double-minded player for about four years into my career. But when I managed to survive in the team, I gradually developed into a top batsman."

One aspect of Pakistan batsmen's gameplay in the longest format criticised by pundits is their seemingly defensive style of cricket. Younis admitted the fear of losing one's place in the side resulted in an overly watchful approach that builds pressure on the batting line-up.

"Young players usually go out with a positive mindset but sometimes they also fear losing their place if they don't perform," he stated.

"It is very important that the players are assured they won't be dropped after just one failure. I wish that the players brought into the team are given a longer run to allow them the freedom to fully showcase their skills.

"If they are given the realisation that they are not just temporary recruits for a single series, then they can demonstrate their talent."

In his capacity as a batting coach, Younis asserted there would not be an undue emphasis on fine-tuning the technical component of the game as he focused on harnessing mental toughness. He identified having an unflappable temperament and batting for lengthy periods as the key to success in Test cricket.

"One should not focus too much on technique as concentration levels are equally important in Test cricket. Many players lack the textbook technique but they are still successful in the traditional format," he claimed.

"To become a big team in Test cricket, you have to win at least 7-8 sessions. Some teams dominate one or two sessions but lose the rest of the sessions. As a batsman, you need to have immense levels of concentration in order to score big runs."