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Ex-Indian batsman Lalchand Rajput appointed as new Afghanistan head coach

Lalchand-RajputThe Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has appointed the former Indian batsman Lalchand Rajput as the new head coach of the Afghanistan National Cricket team.

According to a statement by ACB, Rajput was appointed as the new head coach of the country’s national cricket team following a thorough process, including test and research among the nominees.

The statement further added that Mr. Rajput has served as the head coach of India’s National A team, National Under-23 team, head of the Indian National Cricket academy and coach of the Indian national cricket team.

According to ACB, the International Cricket Council (ICC) members were involved in the appointment of Afghanistan national cricket team head coach.

Rajput was chosen ahead of former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore, ACB added.

According to reports, Rajput is in line for a two-year contract, but that decision would be based on Afghanistan’s performance in the seven ODIs against Scotland and Ireland and an Intercontinental Cup match against Netherlands.

This comes as the Afghanistan national cricket team head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned in mid-April, almost eight months earlier before his contract expires with the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Inzamam’s contract with the Afghanistan Cricket Board was renewed for a period of 1 year earlier in November last year.

He had originally agreed to coach Afghanistan on a temporary basis ahead of the ODI and Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe but the contract was renewed for one year after the Afghan team made history with back to back wins against Zimbabwe. -KP


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