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Yousuf has no qualms over working alongside Misbah

Former captain is currently working as batting coach at NHPC

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Pakistan batting great Mohammad Yousuf has brushed aside the notion that he isn’t comfortable while working alongside national team’s batting coach and chief selector Misbahul Haq.

Pakistan’s fourth highest Test run-getter and second most runs scorer in ODIs, Mohammad Yousuf, had been appointed as the batting coach at the National High Performance Centre (NHPC), in Lahore, last month.  

“I have no issues with working alongside Misbah. Whatever I said about him is in the past now,” said Yousuf who had openly criticised Misbah over his dual role with the Men in Green during the last 12 months.  

“We are working under the same umbrella with different domains but our common goal is to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket,” he added.

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Yousuf is keen helping out the youngsters of the country and use his experience to good effect.

“I was available earlier as well but things could not work out. I’m glad that I’m part of the setup right now because of the presence of many great players, whom I have played with, like Mushi bhai [Mushtaq Ahmed] and Waqar [Younis] bhai,” he said.

“I will try to share my experience with the youngsters as batting coach with regards to technique and other related areas. I am eager to serve my country once again,” he further stated.

He was also satisfied with the team’s performance on the recently concluded tour of England.    

“The tour of England is always a tough one, especially when you are going there for the first time but our team played some really good cricket and remained competitive throughout the tour,” he said. “I was impressed with the way Shan Masood and Abid Ali played. Babar Azam is a world class player and he is only going to get better if he continues to put in the hard yards.”