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Talks fail between Younis Khan and Pakistan Cricket Board

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) has failed to reach an agreement with Pakistan’s former batting great Younis Khan to get him into the under-19 coaching set-up.

A plan to involve Younis Khan, Pakistan’s highest run-scorer in Test cricket, in the country’s Under-19 coaching set-up has fallen through after the former captain and the PCB failed to reach an agreement.

Negotiations break down between Younis Khan and PCB over U-19 role.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the reason for the fallout were that both parties couldn’t agree on his salary demands, while the other pertained to the job profile, as the PCB had proposed Younis only be a mentor and a coach but he wanted a say in selection as well.

The proposal to bring Younis into the system following his retirement two years go was initiated by Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, who wished to have a modern cricketer to work with the youngsters, somewhat along the lines of the role played by Rahul Dravid in India, though he is also the coach of the India A side.

The idea was to try and develop the new lot of junior cricketers early on in their journey towards the top tier, unlike in the past, when coaches from the domestic level have been given charge, that too usually months before an Under-19 World Cup.

The choice of Younis wasn’t a straightforward one, as he has had a frayed relationship with the PCB over the years. And it’s believed that various senior PCB officials had expressed their reservations, some even refusing to deal with Younis directly.

Younis wanted to be involved in selection affairs of U19 team, which the PCB didn’t want.

Younis, who retired from international cricket some two years ago, is the country’s most successful Test batsman amassing over 10,000 runs in this format. It was further learnt that the idea to bring Younis into Under-19 set-up was initiated by current PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

PCB’s managing director Wasim Khan eventually held a number of meetings with Younis, but financial issues always led to failure.

Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, had previously also involved the likes of Misbah ul Haq and Wasim Akram to have inputs on various cricketing matters.

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