Having earned their test status earlier this year &* being named ICC’S 12th full member, Afghanistan have appointed former Australian player Dean Jones as their interim coach.
A lot of people are saying this is a giant step for Afghan cricket as they will now learn for one of the legends of the game.
The Aghanisthan Cricket Board (ACB) has contracted Jones for their intercontinental cup fixtures in Hong Kong. They have been without a coach since August of this year as the board decided against renewing Lachand Rajput’s contract. Jones was a commentator in the recently concluded Shpageeza Cricket League, which is the Afghans’ premium T-20 league. His style of commentary & jolly nature has already earned him great appreciation & adoration from the Afghan people.
In a statement, The ACB announced, “Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has appointed as interim head coach of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team for the upcoming tour of Hong Kong for the Intercontinental Cup fixture. Both sides will consider a long-term coaching agreement after the tour.”
There have been a lot of changes in the Afghan coaching hot seat with as many as 5 coaches having coached the side in the last 5 years. Before Rajput, Pakistani legends Inzamam-ul Haq, Rashid Latif and Kabir Khan all had stints as the Afghan head coach.
Afghanistan will play a first-class game in the ICC Intercontinental Cup on October 20. They’re currently unbeaten, with 81 points from 6 games. Surprisingly, they are at the top of the table with Ireland leading the way with 89 points. Afghanistan has fond memories of the Intercontinental cup, having won it in 2010 after beating Scotland in the final. With Dean in charge, they’ll look to replicate the same success 7 years ago.