Moles named new Afghanistan coach

Afghanistan

Former New Zealand and Scotland coach Andy Moles has been appointed new head coach of Afghanistan. Ex-Pakistan seamer Kabir Khan vacated the post earlier this month.

Former New Zealand and Scotland coach Andy Moles has been appointed new head coach of Afghanistan.

Moles had been employed as batting coach, but was promoted after ex-Pakistan seamer Kabir Khan vacated the senior post earlier this month.

Afghanistan's upcoming assignments include the Asian Games, Asian Cricket Council Championship and 2015 World Cup in Australasia, where difficult fixtures against England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Scotland await.

Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the ACB, said: "Some media outlets have described Kabir Khan's resignation as a setback and a major blow for Afghanistan cricket.

"We do not see it this way. We see it as a new opportunity for further development both of the National Team and our national cricket generally.

"Whilst Kabir shared his particular skills with our players over a long period, Andy Moles, brings different and needed skills and approaches to the position.

"He comes to us at this important time with a wealth of experience in international cricket both as player and coach. This will enrich and broaden the development of our national team.

"Even though a change at this time may not have been our first choice, we strongly believe that our new national coach will enhance our preparation for the World Cup 2015 and that our players will reap many benefits."

Moles was delighted with the post, saying: "I am very excited as I take on the role of national coach for Afghanistan.

"The ACB has a very talented bunch of players and I am looking forward to the challenges of working with them to help them reach the pinnacle of their performance as individuals and as a team."

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