Ex-South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener appointed as Afghanistan head coach
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Friday, the former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener as its new head coach. Klusener will succeed Phil Simmons, whose tenure on the team came to an end. He will begin his role before the series against the West Ines in November.
ACB CEO Lutfullah Stanikzai expressed confidence in Klusener by saying it will be great to see his players benefit from the latter’s vast experience.
“Lance Klusener is a well-known name in the world of cricket. It will be great to see our players benefit from their vast experience both as a player and as a coach,” Stanikzai said, according to ACB’s official website.
Klusener is delighted with his appointment and said he is honoured to have the opportunity to work with some of the “best talents in the world”.
“I am extremely excited and honoured to have the opportunity to work with some of the best talents in the world. Everyone knows the fearless cricket brand Afghanistan plays. I’m pretty sure that with a little hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world.
I’m looking forward to working with the Afghanistan team and helping them take their cricket to the next level,” Klusener said.
Klusener, who is a Certified Level 4 coach, previously work as a bowling coach for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Mumbai Indians franchise, a consultant to the National Academy of South Africa, batting coach of the South African National Academy’s batting team South Africa, head coach of the Dolphins franchisee at South Domestic Grillo In Africa, Zimbabwe’s batting coach and most recently as batting coach of the South African T20I team.