Avishka Gunawardene appointed Afghanistan's batting coach

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18 Aug 2021 | 03:02 AM
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Avishka Gunawardene appointed Afghanistan's batting coach

Afghanistan are next scheduled to play three ODIs against Pakistan in Sri Lanka next month

The Afghanistan team will have a new batting coach in former Sri Lanka player Avishka Gunawardene, the strife-torn country's cricket board announced on Tuesday amid fresh turmoil at home following the takeover by the Taliban.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed the development on its official Twitter handle.

In an international career spanning almost a decade, Gunawardene represented Sri Lanka in 6 Tests and 61 ODIs. While he totaled only 181 runs in Test cricket, Gunawardene made 1708 runs in the ODI format with a century.

The International Cricket Council in May said an independent tribunal cleared Gunawardene of two corruption charges, which allowed him to take part in cricket-related activities. Afghanistan are next scheduled to play three ODIs against Pakistan in Sri Lanka next month.

Taliban fighters who took over Afghanistan on Monday had announced that cricket can continue as it was before.

Earlier, former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was appointed Afghanistan national team's bowling coach.

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