Lance Klusener will not continue as Afghanistan’s head coach

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Klusener’s current contract expires on December 31st

Lance Klusener has decided not to continue as head coach of Afghanistan. The former South African all-rounder, who was appointed to the role in September 2019, will not extend his contract, which expires on 31 December 2021.

“After spending two years with the team, I want to take some memorable moments away with me,” he said in a press release Monday. “As I move away from the Afghan cricket team and its cricket structure, I look forward to the next phase of my coaching career and the opportunities it brings.”

While they barely played cricket in 2020 due to Covid-19, Afghanistan did quite well under Klusener, winning one out of the three tests, three out of the six ODIs and nine out of 14 T20Is. During his first series as a coach, Afghanistan beat the Caribbean 2-1 in the T20I series in India. They also beat Ireland 3-0 in the ODIs and 2-1 in the T20I series earlier this year. In the just-concluded T20 World Cup, they smoked out of the group stage after winning just two of the five matches. He had resorted to online coaching when Covid-19 hit last year.

Klusener had taken over after Andy Moles, who served as the team’s interim head coach following Phil Simmons’ exit after the World Cup in 2019. Klusener’s contract was then extended at the end of 2020.

Klusener played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for South Africa from 1996 to 2004. He was considered one of the best South African all-rounder of his time, scoring 1906 runs and taking 80 wickets in Tests, as well as 3576 runs and 192 wickets in ODIs. He has served in various coaching roles since his retirement, where he has worked with international and domestic teams as well as the IPL franchise.

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