T20 World Cup: Afghanistan Cricket Board to appoint batting and fielding coach ahead of ICC T20 World Cup – Afghanistan Cricket Board is looking to recruit a batting and fielding coach for its national cricket team ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in UAE later this year. Former South Africa cricketer Lance Klusener is Afghanistan’s head coach while former Australian pacer Shaun Tait is their bowling coach.
“We have a head coach (Lance Klusener) and bowling (Shaun Tait). In addition, we are trying to have batting and fielding coaches for the national side and we are hoping to finalise the recruitment before the Twenty World Cup in UAE,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Hamid Shinwari told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (September 8).
ACB recently appointed Tait as their bowling coach while Klusener has been their head coach for quite some time. Tait was supposed to join the Afghanistan team ahead of their bilateral white ball series against Pakistan but the series was cancelled. Then Tait signed up with the Pondicherry state team in India.
Afghanistan Cricket Board will announce its squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in UAE and Oman tomorrow September 08,2021.
Afghanistan will play against Pakistan, India and New Zealand and two qualifying teams. pic.twitter.com/hejrZriik6
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 7, 2021
Reacting to Tait’s move Shinwari said, “Shaun is our national bowling coach. I have read reports but I am not sure about his Pondicherry contract. He is contracted to the ACB and he has to uphold his duties as the bowling coach.”
On the other hand, the Cricket Association of Pondicherry has said that tait’s role with the stateside is flexible and he will fulfil his international commitments.
“He has got assignments in Australia, Bangladesh, USA and Afghanistan. So we have entered into a soft, flexible contract. He will join our team whenever he is free, subject to the bio-secure protocols,” a spokesman for the CAP told Cricbuzz on Wednesday.
Tait also said that he will coach Afghanistan. “I am with the Afghanistan team. When I don’t have a commitment with them, I will be around the Pondicherry team. So bulk of the Pondicherry work will be during second half of season at this stage as Afghanistan have World T20 coming up,” Tait said.