Former Australian pacer Shaun Tait as stepped down as the bowling consultant of Afghanistan’s national team. Tait resigned from the position a day after Launce Klusener decided to not extend his deal.
Shaun Tait is a level 2 certified bowling coach from Cricket Australia. He was appointed as the bowling consultant of the team in August 2021, just five months ago.
Afghanistan did not play much cricket before the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They only played two warm up matches against West Indies and South Africa.
He was a part of the ICC T20 World Cup in UAE where Afghanistan defeated both Scotland and Namibia but lost to Pakistan, New Zealand and India. Afghanistan stood third in the Group B but failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
“This is to announce that I am stepping down from the fast-bowling consultant job of the Afghanistan team with immediate effect,” Tait said in a statement.”
“I have enjoyed my time working with the team especially with the young Afghan fast bowlers whom I personally think have a great future.”
“Having access to a great cricketing mind like Lance Klusener (head coach of Afghanistan during my tenure) has been an absolute pleasure. I wish the Afghanistan team all the best for their future and I think Afghan fans around the globe for their unconditional support towards the team,” he added.
Tait also signed a deal with Indian domestic team Puducherry as their bowling coach.
“Tait has expressed his willingness to join the Puducherry team later this month. However, if he gets a call from Afghanistan, he may join them and stay with the team before re-joining Puducherry for his duties,” sources in the Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP) were quoted.