Ijaz Ahmed is the brand new Pakistan Underneath-19 coach

Former Pakistan batsman Ijaz Ahmed will take over as head coach of the Pakistan Underneath-19 facet after rising on high in a six-man shortlist. Ijaz, who has beforehand served because the coach of the U-19 and Pakistan A sides – and as soon as briefly took over as head coach of the senior group in 2010 – was handed a three-year contract in a job that may see him work carefully with the ‘A’ facet in addition to the Underneath-16s.

The opposite names within the shortlist have been Azam Khan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Kabir Khan, Abdul Razzaq and Atiq-uz-Zaman.

“I’m grateful to the PCB for trusting me with the vital duty of grooming and nurturing the long run stars of Pakistan cricket,” Ijaz mentioned. “Junior cricket is a lifeline for any cricketing nation; because it sees proficient kids graduate to senior cricket and carry ahead the legacy of a number of the best cricketers this proud nation has produced.

“I’m excited with this chance and look ahead to enjoying my half in what are thrilling occasions for Pakistan cricket.”

Ijaz will take cost of the Underneath-19 facet following the Underneath-19 Asia Cup in September. His first project will include the ‘A’ group, although, who he’ll oversee in an eight-nation T20 event in Kenya in September, with the Underneath-19 T20 World Cup on the horizon in 2020.

Ijaz has labored with the ‘A’ and junior groups, other than being a fielding coach on the Nationwide Cricket Academy, for over a decade, whereas having been the helm of the Underneath-19 facet that went all the way in which to the World Cup final in 2010. He was additionally concerned with the Lahore Qalandars within the first version of the Pakistan Tremendous League, and is a professional Stage 2 coach. It’s this expertise, in line with a PCB press launch, that noticed him beat the opposite opponents to the function.

“Ijaz was chosen for the project following a sturdy recruitment course of by which a lot of high-profile and high quality former worldwide cricketers have been interviewed by Wasim Khan [PCB managing director] and Mudassar Nazar [PCB director – academies],” the discharge said.

Mudassar mentioned, “I’ve seen Ijaz Ahmed develop as probably the most proficient coaches. He has a imaginative and prescient and technique. He’s exhausting working and has a popularity of being pupil of cricket who can analyse the sport and spot expertise.

“I’ve no doubts Ijaz will probably be make a major contribution as a Pakistan U19 coach because the PCB has stepped up its endeavours to not solely slender the hole with worldwide cricket however present equal and truthful alternatives to all of the budding kids within the nation.”