Former Pakistan batting coach and cricketer, Younis Khan, has quit his role as the national team’s coach, the board announced on 22 June 2021. This comes days before the Pakistan tour to England for a limited-overs series.
The news is crucial to the cricket online betting community because the team might perform differently without a coach. You may want to grab some fantasy cricket tips and predictions before placing a wager.
Khan was appointed as batting coach on a two-year contract which would have ended after the 2022 T20 World Cup.
While the board refuses to delve into the coach’s surprise exit, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan said they mutually agreed to part ways.
“Following a series of discussions, we both have reluctantly but mutually and amicably agreed that it was time to move in different directions,” said the PCB official.
Khan is the only coach that has delivered victory to Pakistani in a Twenty20 International (T20I) World Cup (2009). During his short stint, Pakistan defeated South Africa at home in the Test (2-0) and T20I series (2-1).
Again, his team defeated South Africa away in the One Day Internationals (ODIs) with a 2-1 and 3-1 in the T20Is.
In Zimbabwe, his last tour in April-May 2021 won T20Is with a 2-1 and the two Tests by innings margins.
It is no wonder that the PCB chief termed Khan’s departure as sad. “It is sad to lose an expert of the stature and experience of Younis Khan,” said Wasim Khan.
On his side, Khan said that he resigned after receiving threatening phone calls from the PCB director. The director had made the call after Khan failed to turn up at the biosecure bubble on June 20.
“He said ‘remember what we (board) did with Mohammad Hafeez?”‘
“I told him ‘I am Younis Khan, not Mohammad Hafeez”‘
The board dropped Hafeez in February 2021 from the national squad after he failed to make it to the biosecure bubble before his T20 cricket league.
Khan said that the board’s doctor informed him too late about joining the bubble. “I told him it isn’t possible for me to join the bubble as I have surgery coming up.”
But Khan is not new to friction. On 24 March 2010, the PCB suspended Khan alongside Mohammad Yousuf for allegedly inciting divisions within the team. The board lifted the ban three months later.
Again on 13 October 2009, the parliament investigated him on allegations of match-fixing during his reign. Khan responded by resigning even after investigations cleared him from wrongdoing.
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What to Expect
Historically, Pakistan has played a fierce game against England. Since 1974 Pakistan has won 32 out of 91 ODIs while England dominated with 56.
Again Pakistan has claimed 6 T20I wins against England’s 13 since 2006. So you can expect both sides to give their best. And, if you are in the cricket online betting business, you’ll want to see expert predictions and tips before placing your wager.