On their future travels to England and the West Indies, Pakistani batting coach Younis Khan’s experience will be sorely missed, according to Salman Butt.
Younis Khan abruptly resigned from his position just days before the Pakistan team was to head to England for a three-match ODI and T20 series. The news was preceded by a slew of speculations, including a suspected feud between him and fast-bowler Hasan Ali, as well as some travel concerns with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The PCB has been tight-lipped about the situation and has yet to name a replacement for Younis Khan. Salman Butt, speaking about the subject on the YouTube channel Cricket Baaz with Waheed Khan, said:
“See, Younis bhai has plenty of batting experience. He has scored everywhere in the world. In that aspect, they are losing an experienced member… He is a premier batsman from Pakistan’s recent history and is one of the best players that Pakistan produced. His experience would have definitely been beneficial.”
According to accounts in the media, Younis Khan and Hasan Ali had a falling out during Pakistan’s tour of South Africa over the latter’s refusal to take an ice bath, and the situation escalated. Khan, while acknowledging the feud in a recent interview, denied that it was the cause for his decision.
Younis Khan on players he was working with being sent to the NHPC “It is just like you are sitting in your drawing room with your wife all dressed up and someone from outside comes in and sits on your bed, how would you feel? That’s what it was like for me” #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 1, 2021
Another popular theory is that the Pakistani icon had a spat with the PCB over his request to join the bio-bubble for the England trip a few days later than the others due to dental procedures in Karachi.
It was not for Younis Khan to intervene in the ice bath situation: Salman Butt
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) June 30, 2021
Salman Butt went on to say that if the ice-bath dispute is true, Younis Khan made a mistake by interfering in the matter. Khan’s concentration as batting coach, he said, should have been only on his players’ cricketing problems.
“But the reasons that are emerging, if what’s being shown is true, if those issues are with the players, and the players’ group isn’t feeling easy… then God knows what has happened there. Neither Misbah nor the board wants to comment on it. Everything is from the media that there was a fight with a player or there was something with Hasan about an icebath.
“If this is true, then this isn’t his (Younis Khan’s) matter [to interfere]. If he wasn’t taking an ice bath it was the job of the manager to talk to him. It is not the job of any coach to tell a player what to do apart from their cricket,” added Salman Butt.
Pakistan’s trip of England will begin on July 8 with a three-match One-Day International series.