• Former SA batsman joins Afghanistan staff

    Former Proteas cricketer HD Ackerman has been named Afghanistan’s batting coach.

    Ackerman will join former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener at Afghanistan. Klusener is their head coach. His stint with Afghanistan started shortly after working with the Proteas during last year’s T20I series in India.

    South Africa’s Charl Langeveldt previously worked with Afghanistan as a bowling coach. He has since rejoined the Proteas coaching staff.

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    ‘Former cricketer-turned-commentator Ackerman has been appointed Afghanistan’s batting coach. His tenure begins with the three-match T20I series against Ireland in March,’ read a statement from the International Cricket Council.

    ‘The coaching staff is headed by his former international teammate Klusener, who was appointed in September last year, a few months after Afghanistan’s winless campaign at the World Cup 2019.

    ‘Afghanistan’s last international assignment was against West Indies in December 2019. They won the T20I series 2-1, but were swept in the three-match ODI series and beaten comprehensively in the one-off Test in Lucknow.’

    Ackerman played four Tests against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in South Africa in 1998. He will work with an Afghanistan team grouped with India, England, South Africa and two qualifying teams for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

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