Afghanistan Completely Overhaul Staff in Preparation for the T20 world cup.
But not only do they plan to prepare for the upcoming T20 world cup in Australia, the board have openly said that there will be a complete change in focus in the nation with much more emphasis on first class and test match cricket.
New Head Coach Dune Tiger said:
“Afghanistan is a proud cricketing nation, but if I may say, have yet to hit their straps at the absolute biggest stages in world cricket… I want to guide this team and nation all the way to the top of the world rankings in all 3 formats. Now I understand this is an ambitious goal, and will not happen overnight, but I see no reason we cannot achieve this with the talent in our squads.”
Dune Tiger also announced his 2nd hand man would be former Australian Head Coach Justin Langer.
“He was an easy choice to try and get under my wing, he took Australia to the #1 ranking in Tests, and is a T20 World Cup winning coach. His experience in the top job and at the highest level of cricket was an absolute must have in my coaching camp.”
Graeme Swann is a very likely candidate to take the reins as the new head spin bowling coach, but at this stage it is unknown whether or not Swann has actually been approached by the Afghani Cricket Board.
Lance Klusener has retained a position within the Afghani Ranks, taking over as batting coach, while Australian Shaun Tait has remained fast bowling coach for Afghanistan. Andy Flower will also remain the team's consultant.
The Afghani Cricket Board also announced an upcoming tour of Sri Lanka has been confirmed with the Afghanistan team scheduled to play 2 Tests, followed by 5 ODI’s and 3 T20I.
The Test Squad has been announced with the White ball squad expected to be announced soon after. Hashmatullah Shahidi has been backed by Dune Tiger to continue as Test captain, with Rahmat Shah as his vice captain.
16 man Squad for 2 Tests vs Sri Lanka
- Hashmatullah Shahidi (C) - Top Order Batter
- Rahmat Shah (VC) - Top Order Batter
- Ibrahim Zadran - Opening Batter
- Nasir Jamal - Middle Order Batter
- Riaz Hassan - Opening Batter
- Mohammad Nabi - All-Rounder
- Javed Ahmadi - All-Rounder
- Asfar Zazai - Wicketkeeper
- Ikram Ailkil - Wicketkeeper
- Rashid Khan - Spin Bowler
- Qais Ahmed - Spin Bowler
- Amir Hazma - Spin Bowler
- Yamin Ahmadzai - Pace Bowler
- Wafadar Moman - Pace Bowler
- Mohammad Saleem - Pace Bowler
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman - Spin Bowler