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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to hire some former legends of the game as coaches and managers for the national age group teams.

As per reports PCB is considering to rope in former captain Younis Khan for the role of Pakistan’s under-19 coach and manager.

Younis, who retired last year after becoming Pakistan’s highest Test run-getter and the first to reach 10,000 runs in the format, has expressed interest in coaching junior players if the board gave him “full freedom” to implement his program.

The PCB is also considering appointing former Test captain Muhammad Yousuf as the batting coach at its National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

“Australia utilised the services of their top players like Rodney Marsh, Allan Border and Ricky Pointing while India has also given Dravid the responsibility of manning their under-19 players and it has produced good results,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.

In Australia, Border has served as a selector and Ponting is currently part of the national team’s coaching staff.

Dravid has been coach of the Indian under-19 and A teams and has drawn a lot of credit for shaping the youngsters. Under his tutelage, the under-19 team won the ICC World Cup last year.

Mani, while speaking to the the media in Lahore, said that the board has finally decided to utilise the services of its former senior players to work with the youth.

“We also need to have classes for our players as they go on to become ambassadors for the country. They will be given grooming and education at the National Cricket Academy,” Mani said.

“We should have attached our own coaches with foreign coaches just like India did so that they could have also learnt a lot more.”