Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener has decided not to extend his contract as the head coach of the Afghanistan national team.
Klusener took over the position in September 2019 with his contract expiring on 31 December this year. Under his tenure, Afghanistan performed reasonably well, especially at the recently concluded T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
The decision to not extend Klusener's contract by the Afghanistan Cricket Board was a mutual one. A statement by the ACB read: "Afghanistan Cricket Board & Lance Klusener, the head coach of Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team, in a mutual agreement, decided not to extend the contract of Mr Lance as the Head coach of Afghanistan National Cricket Team."
"Afghanistan Cricket Board & the National Cricket Team have had the coaching services of Mr Lance Klusener for more than two years; shared & will take away some exciting memories from his tenure. ACB thank him, appreciate his efforts with the national team & wish him all the very best in his coaching career ahead."
ACB, Klusener Decided to End Coaching Contract— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) November 30, 2021
Afghanistan Cricket Board & Lance Klusener, the head coach of Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team, in a mutual agreement, decided not to extend the contract of Mr. Lance as the Head coach of @ACBofficials.
The statement also revealed that Afghanistan will begin the process of recruiting Klusener's successor immediately. It further read, "It’s to mention, that the ACB has launched the recruitment process for hiring a new head coach and is looking forward to having the services of another reasonable option to replace Lance Klusener as the head coach of Afghanistan for the upcoming events."
Overall, under Klusener's tenure Afghanistan won one out of three Test matches, three out of six ODIs and nine out of fourteen T20 internationals.