December 16, 2009

Pakistan cricket

Younis the coach?

Akhila Ranganna

What’s the best way to get back into your national side if the selectors overlook you? Become a coach. That seems to be the route former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has taken. Passed over for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of Australia, Younis, who is currently on a self-imposed break from cricket, made a surprise appearance at a coaching camp in Lahore on Tuesday. He refused to speak to the media after he completed his course but a “friend” quoted by AFP was more revealing. “Younis wants to get more educated in the game and this doesn't mean he will start coaching,” the friend said. “Younis will be back in international cricket after completing the well-deserved rest.”

But Younis’ commitment to returning to international cricket has been questioned after he failed to appear in domestic games. He was unreachable after the PCB appointed Mohammed Yousuf as his replacement on the Australian tour and had reportedly gone fishing according to the local media. Looks like the hunt for greener pastures is definitely on.

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