Lance Klusener to step down as Afghanistan Coach after December 31

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Lance Klusener to step down as Afghanistan Coach after December 31

Lance Klusener will step down from the role of Afghanistan’s Head Coach after December 31st. Klusener has opted against renewing his contract as the Head Coach. Former South Africa all-rounder’s contract will expire on December 31st who has been appointed for the role two years ago in September 2019. Klusener has taken over from Phil Simmons who left the position of Head Coach after the 2019 ODI World Cup.

“Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with me,” Klusener said in a press statement on Monday (November 29). “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.”

Afghanistan National team has done extremely well in all formats during Klusener’s tenure as they have won one Test, three ODIs out of six ODIs & nine out of 14 T20Is including a scintillating series win over West Indies & Ireland. However, they had a poor campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021 where they got knocked out from the semi-finals race after winning two of their five Super 12s stages.

“Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with me”, Klusener said in a statement. “As I walk away from Afghanistan Cricket team & its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career & its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career & opportunities brings”, he added.

During his playing days, Klusener represented South Africa in 49 tests & 171 ODIs from 1996 to 2004 scoring 1906 & 3576 runs in the two formats to go with 80 & 192 wickets.

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