Lance Klusener to step down as the head coach of Afghanistan

Launce Klusener

Afghanistan’s Head Coach Launce Klusener has decided to now renew his contracts which expires on December 31st.

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The former South African all-rounder has decided to step down as the head coach of Afghanistan at the end of the year. Klusener was given this role back in September 2019 in place of West Indie’s Phil Simmons. He was appointed after the 2019 edition of ICC ODI World Cup held in England and Wales.

After spending more than two years with the team, the former Proteas cricketer has decided to not continue as the coach.

“Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with me,” he said in a press statement on Monday.

“As I walk away from Afghanistan cricket team and its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career and opportunities it brings,” Klusener said in a statement.

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After being appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan on September 27,2019 Klusener said: “I am extremely excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket. 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. 

Under his guidance, Afghanistan performed very decently in international cricket. They won one out of the three Tests, three out of the six ODIs and nine out of 14 T20Is. In his first bilateral series as the coach, Afghanistan beat West Indies 2-1 in the T20I series in India. They have also beaten Ireland 3-0 in the ODIs and 2-1 in the T20I series earlier this year. Though Afghanistan did not qualify in the semi-finals of the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup, they won two out of five matches in Group B.

As a player, Klusener was one of the best all-rounders of the game during his time. He played for South Africa from 1996-2004. He has amassed 1906 runs and has picked up 80 wickets in Tests. He has scored 3576 runs and has 192 wickets to his name in ODIs.

Klusener has previously worked as the batting coach of Zimbabwe and South Africa. He served as the Head coach of South Africa’s domestic side Dolphins and was the bowling coach of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.

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