Mohammad Yousuf – the former Pakistani batter – has been appointed as head coach of the Pakistan U19 cricket team by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
According to the media reports, the news of the appointment of Mohammad Yousuf as head coach of Pakistan U19 is confirmed by the PCB. His first assignments in the role include the 2023 ACC U19 Asia Cup in the UAE from 8 to 17 December and the 2024 ICC U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka from 13 January to 4 February.
While talking about his appointment, Yousuf said, “I am pleased to join as Pakistan U19 head coach and feel honored to have been given the opportunity to contribute to Pakistan cricket by Chairman PCB Management Committee Zaka Ashraf. I am eagerly looking forward to the upcoming U19 Asia Cup and ICC U19 World Cup tournaments, which are crucial to the players’ growth and we will be aiming to do our best in these events. Having had the privilege of working with the senior men’s side, I will bring my coaching experience to the U19 set-up, providing a nurturing environment for young talents to thrive and make a mark on the international level. Harnessing the skills of young players is crucial for Pakistan cricket and I am dedicated to fulfilling my responsibility in helping identify, improve, and nurture future stars.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Yousuf, one of Pakistan’s most accomplished batters, has previously served as batting coach of the Pakistan Men’s Team and at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. He scored 7,530 Test and 9,720 ODI runs in a career that lasted from 1998 to 2010, and he retains the record for the most Test runs in a calendar year, with 1788 in 2006.