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Anderson to head Afghanistan's National Cricket Academy

Former coach of PNG roped in by Afghanistan Cricket Board for new role that will start on April 15

Anderson to head Afghanistan's National Cricket Academy - Cricket News
After his success as national coach of PNG, Peter Anderson will take over as the new coach of Afghanistan's National Cricket Academy.
Peter Anderson, the former Papua New Guinea coach, was appointed by the Afghanistan Cricket Board as the new coach of the Afghanistan National Cricket Academy on Tuesday (March 11). He will take up his role on April 15 and will be based at the Academy in the Kabul Cricket Stadium.
 
“We are pleased to be welcoming a person of Peter Anderson’s calibre to head our new National Cricket Academy,” said Dr Noor Mohammad Murad. “He brings to us years of experience in the cricket world both in Australia and internationally. His experience with Papua New Guinea Cricket, a developing cricket country, will fit him well for his work in Afghanistan.  As head of the National Cricket Academy we expect that his skills will impact upon a broad range of Afghan cricket from junior and domestic through to the elite level.”  
Anderson was Papua New Guinea’s coach for the past two years. His responsibilities included overseeing the development of the U-17, U-19 and both women’s and men’s national teams.
 
Anderson has been accredited as a Cricket Australia High Performance coach since 1987. In that period he has worked as development officer in Queensland and the South Australian Cricket Association. Anderson has held many A Club coaching positions and State under-age teams over the past 30 years.
 
His own cricket first-class career as a wicketkeeper-batsman spanned eight years from 1986 to 1993 representing both Queensland and South Australia. He played 56 first-class games and 20 A-list games and captained Queensland’s A team for four years. He still plays A Grade cricket and is overseeing coaching duties at the Craig McDermott Academy at present.
 
During Anderson’s tenure, PNG’s performance ranking rose from 19th to 16th in the world. PNG finished fourth in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2013-14 in New Zealand.  In doing so, it gained ODI status and ICC High Performance funding for the next four years. With Anderson’s leadership, PNG maintained its No. 1 ranking in the EAP Region, winning all its regional tournaments.
 
International victories against Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya and Namibia during the WCQ tournaments were also an inspiring achievement for PNG. In December 2013, PNG became the first country to be invited to play in the South Australian Premier League. PNG went on to become the inaugural winner of the South Australian T20 Premier League.
 
Anderson says one of the highlights of his role as PNG coach was the achievement of ODI status and ICC High Performance funding. 
 
‘’The players worked very hard and they deserve their success. Getting the players to believe in themselves and their ability is what I am most proud of."

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