Lance Klusener
Lance Klusener. Credits: Twitter

Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener has decided to step down from his role as the head coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Team. Klusener’s contract ends on December 31, 2021, and he has no intentions to renew.

Klusener’s major assignment was the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021, where Afghanistan managed to defeat Scotland and Namibia but lost to Pakistan, New Zealand, and India. As a result, they exited from the Super 12 stage itself.

Phil Simmons
Phil Simmons was the previous coach [Photo: Getty Images]

The 50-year-old hopped on for a two-year period and took over from Phil Simmons. “I, Lance Klusener, have decided not to extend my contract as the head coach of the Afghanistan men’s cricket team which finished on 31st December 2021. Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with the team,” Klusener said in a statement.

“Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play” – Lance Klusener

Lance Klusener further mentioned that the team has developed into a force to be reckoned with due to their aggressive brand of cricket. He expressed his desire to see the Afghans become one of the best teams in the world in the future.

Afghanistan
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As I walk away from Afghanistan cricket team and its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career and the opportunities it bring. I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talents in world cricket. Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world,” Klusener said.

Klusener has enjoyed coaching roles in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He was also part of the IPL as a bowling coach with Mumbai Indians.

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