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Lance Klusener steps down as Afghanistan coach

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Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will not continue his role as Afghanistan head coach when his contract expires on 31 December 2021.

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Klusener, now 50, took the Afghanistan job in September 2019 and oversaw the team’s qualification for the recently-completed T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

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In a statement released on Tuesday, the was confirmed that the decision not to extend Klusener’s contract was a mutual one.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) statement read: “Afghanistan Cricket Board & Lance Klusener, the head coach of Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team, in a mutual agreement, decided not to extend the contract of Mr Lance as the Head coach of Afghanistan National Cricket Team.

“Afghanistan Cricket Board & the National Cricket Team have had the coaching services of Mr Lance Klusener for more than two years; shared & will take away some exciting memories from his tenure. ACB thank him, appreciate his efforts with the national team & wish him all the very best in his coaching career ahead.” 

The ACB added that it would begin the process of recruiting Klusener’s successor with immediate effect.

“The ACB has launched the recruitment process for hiring a new head coach and is looking forward to have the services of another reasonable option to replace Lance Klusener as the head coach of Afghanistan for the upcoming events.”

Overall under Lance Klusener, Afghanistan won 1 out of 3 Tests, 3 out of 6 ODIs and 9 out of 14 T20I matches.

At the T20 World Cup Afghanistan won 2 out of the 5 matches they played.

Klusener played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for the Proteas. He was named Player of the Tournament at the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

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