Afghanistan secure services of former Papua New Guinea coach for new National Cricket Academy

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Anderson helped Papua New Guinea attain ODI status during his tenure as head coach

Afghanistan have hired former Papua New Guinea head coach Peter Anderson to take charge of their brand new National Cricket Academy in Kabul.

Anderson coached Papua New Guinea for the past two years and recently helped them achieve ODI status after they finished fourth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Qualifiers.

Papua New Guinea also climbed from 19th to 16th in the world rankings during Anderson’s tenure as head coach.

“I am very excited to be involved in helping ACB on its journey to full Test Cricket status,” Anderson said. “Afghanistan have some of the most talented, naturally gifted players in the world. Hopefully, I can help the players and coaches achieve their goals of more consistent cricket performances across all specific skills of cricket through my role as National Academy Coach.

“The new role will entail coaching coaches, talent identification, improving specific skills, cricket awareness and assisting teams in preparation for tournaments and broadly,” Anderson said. “[Also] setting up a structure, so the Academy becomes an important part of the cricket pathway in Afghanistan, from school cricket, U-19, the ‘A’ Team and all the way to the National Team.”

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Noor Mohammad Murad welcomed Anderson aboard, and said: “We are pleased to be welcoming a person of Peter Anderson’s caliber to head our new National Cricket Academy. He brings to us years of experience in the cricket world both in Australia and internationally.”

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