There are lot of speculations regarding the sudden step down of Younis Khan as Pakistan’s batting coach. If reports are to be believed, the veteran batsman decided to quit his role after alleged misbehaviour of a PCB official. The source close to the PCB revealed that Younis had to undergo dental surgery and asked the PCB if he can join the team’s bio-bubble later. The request was denied by the official which led to an argument between the two. The former cricketer was upset with the official’s behaviour and stepped down from his post.
“The real and factual reason is that Younis had asked the PCB to allow him to join the mandatory bio-bubble for the England tour after a few days’ delay as he had to undergo a complex dental treatment in Karachi, the source said as quoted by News18.
“Younis had come down to Lahore for three days to attend the conditioning camp set up at the High Performance Center for the England tour.
“But when it was announced that all players and officials will have to start quarantine from 20th July before boarding the flight to England, Younis requested the PCB to allow him to return to Karachi and undergo the dental treatment and give him permission to join the team late, the source added.
The source further disclosed that the official denied Younis’ request due to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for quarantine protocols. He added the duo had a heated conversation after which Younis lost his cool and said it’s better that he not go on the tours to England and West Indies.
“Apparently during the course of the conversation things heated up when the official told Younis that he should then just go to the West Indies as his request could not be entertained at such a late stage, the source revealed.
Earlier, few reports suggested that Younis stepped down from his post after an alleged disagreement with some players on the South Africa tour. However, a source close to Younis denied the rumours and said Younis was not happy with the progress of the team. He was also disappointed that some of the batsmen he felt should be in the squad were not being considered for selection.
“Bottomline Younis was not happy with the way things were progressing and wanted a way out of his batting coach position and when there was disagreement over his joining the team late, he got the opportunity to step down.
The PCB is yet to announce Younis’ replacement.
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