Former England batsman Graham Thorpe has been appointed as new head coach for Afghanistan’s men national cricket team. He is set to replace former Australian batman Stuart Law, who was serving as an interim coach for Afghanistan cricket team. Earlier, Lance Klusener served as the head coach for the national side and opted not to extend his contract which was scheduled to expire on 31st December.
After the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, former South African all-rounder was the head coach of the Afghanistan’s men national cricket team for almost two years. Before going into the coaching field, Graham Thorpe accomplished a lot of things while playing for England in Test cricket. He has played 100 Tests for England, while represented three Lions in 82 one-day internationals. After a disastrous Ashes series in Australia, Graham Thorpe resigned from the role of England’s batting coach.
Afghanistan’s men national cricket is all set to tour to play one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is in the month of July. The tour is set to be Graham Thorpe’s first assignment as head coach of Afghanistan’s men national cricket. After the conclusion of the tour of Ireland, Afghanistan’s men national cricket will participate in the Asia Cup that will be played in September in Sri Lanka. After the conclusion of Asia Cup, the Afghanistan’s men national cricket will travel to Australia for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
Afghanistan will definitely will be keen to make an impact with the bat and ball in the upcoming tour of Ireland. Currently, Afghanistan’s men national cricket are lying at the fourth position in the ongoing ICC ODI Super League with seven victories from nine matches played till now. They have secured 70 points after winning seven matches. They are currently ranked at eight position in the ICC Men’s T20 Rankings with 232 points to their name.