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Former New Zealand coach Andy Moles has been appointed as Afghanistan’s new head coach.
Moles will replace Kabir Khan, who recently announced his resignation due to the fact that the job was having a negative impact on his family life.
Prior to being named head coach, Moles was Afghanistan’s batting coach, and has only held the position since June.
Moles’ first assignment as head coach will be the tour of Australia and New Zealand, which gets underway on September 12. During their tour, Afghanistan will play eight matches against state and district teams.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had tried to organise ODI matches against Australia and New Zealand, but they were turned down by Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
“The good thing about Andy is that he’s worked with a full member team – New Zealand,” ACB CEO Noor Mohammad Murad told ESPNcricinfo. “And the World Cup will also be held in New Zealand. A 100% focus is on the World Cup.”
While he was disappointed to see Khan resign, Murad stated that the ACB had no choice but to grant him his wish.
“We respect his decision,” he said. “Some media outlets have described Kabir Khan’s resignation as a setback and a major blow for Afghanistan cricket. We do not see it this way. We see it as a new opportunity for further development both of the national team and our national cricket generally.
“Whilst Kabir shared his particular skills with our players over a long period, Andy Moles brings different skills. He comes to us at this important time with a wealth of experience in international cricket both as player and coach.”