Former South Africa great Herschelle Gibbs will continue with his coaching career in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL). It is slated to be played next month in the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.  So, Gibbs won’t have to travel to Afghanistan.

Gibbs was the coach of Speenghar Tigers in the Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL) in Afghanistan.

However after a bomb went off during one of the matches around Kabul International Stadium, Gibbs was forced to return to his country.

Two other South African players Morne Van Wyk and Cameron Delport were also part of the match between Mis Ainak Knights and Boost Defenders when the bomb blast killed three people and injured many.

Both the players were forced to return home to South Africa. Cricket South Africa (CSA) revoked their clearance on certificates in the wake of the blast.

However, with the new edition of the Afghanistan Premier League’s all the matches will be played in Sharjah.

Herschelle Gibbs, Afghanistan Premier League
Herschelle Gibbs will coach international stars like Chris Gayle Credits: Espncricinfo

Herschelle Gibbs is awaiting another challenge

“Another challenge awaits, this time in the apl t20 in Sharjah early October,” Gibbs posted on his Instagram handle on Wednesday.

The former South African opening batsman is also the national mentor of the Kuwait cricket team. He is set to coach Balkh Legends team which includes some of the top class cricketers around the world.

The list includes Chris Gayle, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Irfan, Kamran Akmal, Ryan ten Doeschate and Colin Munro.

Meanwhile, Delport, Wayne Parnell and Colin Ingram are the three South African players slated to play in this edition. The tournament is slated to start from 5th October at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Afghanistan Premier League 2018, Shahid Afridi, Rashid Khan, Chris Gayle
Afghanistan Premier League 2018 (Credits – AFP)

Meanwhile coming back to Herschelle Gibbs, he is regarded as one of the finest openers ever to play for the Proteas. He played one of the finest knocks in ODI cricket history during the world record chase against Australia back in 2005.

Gibbs smashed 175 off 111 deliveries as South Africa chased down a massive target of 435 runs.