Former Pakistan batsman Ijaz Ahmed has been named as Pakistan’s U-19 head coach. The 50-year was appointed as new coach for a three-year deal. Pakistan Cricket Board made the announcement on Monday (26th August). Ijaz role will be working closely with A-side as well look into the U-16 players.
Ijaz Ahmed will take over the coaching role after the culmination of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup that will be played in Sri Lanka from 5th to 14th September. Middle-order batsman played 60 Test matches and 250 one-day games for Pakistan during his cricketing career. Since 2009, he has been doing coaching stints and has been with A-side as well U-19 setup. He was the assistant coach for Pakistan during the 2010 ICC World T20 held in the Caribbean.
Ijaz Ahmed expressed his gratitude over his appointment as the coach of U-19 cricket team. He said that he is looking forward to grooming promising stars for the future. For any aspiring cricketer, it is important he attains the right amount of support and guidance from experienced coaches.
Pakistan Cricket Board is making concerted efforts to make sure Pakistan cricket goes from strength to strength in the foreseeable future. PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan and Former Pakistan opening batsman Mudassar Nazar were instrumental in the appointment of Ijaz Ahmed as coach of Pakistan’s U-19 cricket team.
Nazar also believed that Ijaz is the most appropriate candidate for this post. He has been involved in coaching for the past decade and will provide valuable inputs to youngsters. The selection committee have shown full faith in Ijaz Ahmed, who will keen to do all the hard work in order to produce positive results as a Pakistan U-19 coach.
His first task as will be with Pakistan A side who is set to tour Kenya for a eight-nation competition that will be played in September.