Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has been named the new head coach of the Afghanistan team.
Klusener will replace Phil Simmons, whose 18-month stint with the national side ended with their last-place finish in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019. After the World Cup, the side also named their premier spinner Rashid Khan as captain for all three formats.
"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." Lutfullah Stanikzai, ACB's CEO, said.
JUST IN: Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has been appointed as Afghanistan's head coach. pic.twitter.com/2mQa6kvKVG— ICC (@ICC) September 27, 2019
Klusener expressed his excitement at his newest coaching stint, having previously worked as batting coach of Zimbabwe and South Africa, and head coach of the South Africa domestic side Dolphins, as well as bowling coach of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket," said Klusener after his appointment. "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.
A renowned all-rounder during his playing career, Klusener represented South Africa in 417 international games between 1996 and 2004. He ventured into coaching after his playing career ended, and is currently a Level 4 certified coach. Klusener's aim will be to fine-tune the side's preparations in the lead up to next year's Asia Cup, along with the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, set to be held in Australia.
"I am really looking forward to working with the Afghanistan team and helping them take their cricket to the next level," he said.
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