England v Pakistan series handed boost by Younis and Mushtaq appointments

Pakistan’s proposed tour of England has been handed a boost after the team appointed Younis Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed as members of their coaching staff for the trip.

England are set to begin their international summer with a three-match Test series against West Indies on July 8 and hope to host Pakistan later in the summer for three Tests and three T20Is.

Pakistan’s tour has already been pushed back from its original slot due to the coronavirus crisis and is yet to be officially confirmed, although the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are hopeful it will take place.

The PCB have demonstrated their willingness to tour by appointing Younis as batting coach and Mushtaq as spin-bowling coach for the trip.

Younis, 42, remains Pakistan’s all-time leading run-scorer in Test cricket, having amassed 10,099 runs and 34 centuries during his brilliant career.

Mushtaq, meanwhile, took 185 wickets in 52 Tests for Pakistan and recently worked with the England team as their spin-bowling coach.

Younis and Mushtaq will work alongside Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said: ‘I am delighted that someone of the stature and incredible batting record of Younis Khan has agreed to join the Pakistan cricket set-up as batting coach.

‘When I spoke with him, his commitment and enthusiasm to take up this assignment and serve his country was never in doubt and he jumped at the opportunity.

‘Younis’ work ethics, commitment to match preparation, game awareness and tactics in the English conditions will be invaluable.

‘Mushtaq knows the English conditions as well as anyone, having spent a lot of time playing county cricket and working with the England cricket team.

‘Apart from guiding the spinners and playing a mentor’s role, Mushtaq can be helpful to Misbah in match planning and preparations.’

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