Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has been appointed as the new head coach of Afghanistan, the board announced on Friday (September 27).
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had invited applications for the position after Phil Simmons’ tenure came to an end. Simmons stepped down from his position after the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup in which Afghanistan failed to win a single match.
Klusener, who was currently in India as South Africa’s T20I batting coach, will commence his role prior to the series against West Indies in November. The 48-year-old has also served as batting coach of the Proteas Test team and Zimbabwe apart from working with domestic franchises like Mumbai Indians and Dolphins.
“I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket. Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play,” he said.
“I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world. I am really looking forward to working with the Afghanistan team and helping them take their cricket to the next level.”
ACB CEO Lutfullah Stanikzai said Klusener’s presence will help Afghanistan prepare for next year’s Asia Cup and ICC T20 World Cup.
“Lance Klusener is a renowned name in the cricketing world. It will be great to see our players benefit from his vast experience both as a player and a coach.”