Pakistani batting legend and former captain Younis Khan has refuted reports that he is planning to join the Afghanistan national cricket team as their coach after his retirement from international duties. Younis Khan will retire from international cricket after the third Test against West Indies.
The chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board Atif Mashal had stated on Thursday that Khan had agreed to coach the team. Khan clarified that he had not accepted any coaching offer from the neighbouring country.
"This was something that was discussed three years back and it has been revived again. But at present time I have not accepted any coaching offer. After I retire I will decide about my future assignments but presently coaching Afghanistan is not among them," he said.
Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have not been very good in recent times and the Pakistan Cricket Board is also miffed with its Afghan counterpart for not agreeing to tour Pakistan.
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Mashal has cited the present security situation in Pakistan for refusing to send the Afghan team there.
Pakistan has not hosted any international Test side since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. There have been media reports that the PCB wants Younis to work with the national under-19 team and prepare them for the coming ICC Youth World Cup.
(With inputs from PTI)