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Lance Klusener replaces Phil Simmons as Afghanistan head coach

Lance Klusener had recently coached South Africa T20I team in the tour of India.

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Lance Klusener replaces Phil Simmons as Afghanistan head coach
Lance Klusener. Photo: Times of India

Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has been appointed as new head coach of Afghanistan, replacing Phil Simmons. The Afghanistan Cricket Board, on Friday, made the announcement.

Klusener, who played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for South Africa between 1996 and 2004, has expressed his excitement getting the opportunity.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket,” said Klusener.

As per his coaching stint, Lance Klusener is Level 4 certified coach who has so far served as bowling coach of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, consultant to South Africa National Academy, batting coach of South Africa Test team, Head Coach of Dolphins franchise in South Africa domestic cricket, batting coach of Zimbabwe.

Last but not the least he recently coached South Africa T20I team in the tour of India.

Recently Klusener worked as the assistant batting coach for the South Africa T20 team in India.

“Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play. 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,” he added.

ACB CEO Lutfullah Stanikzai said he is confident that Klusener will effectively help Afghanistan to prepare for next year’s Asia Cup and ICC T20I World Cup as well.

“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,” ACB boss said.

Klusener’s first assignment with the Afghanistan team will start with the series against West Indies scheduled to take place in November-December that will be comprised of one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is.

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