Afghanistan news May 16, 2012

Lawson to coach Afghanistan at Under-19 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Geoff Lawson, the former Australia fast bowler, has signed a deal with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to be a consultant coach for the Under-19 World Cup being held in Australia in August.

Lawson will take charge when the team arrives in Australia on July 21, three weeks before the tournament actually begins. In 2007, Lawson had a 15-month coaching stint with Pakistan and a season with the Kochi Tuskers in the IPL last year.

"The idea behind Lawson's appointment was to have an experienced and well-known coach," ACB's high performance program manager Bashir Stanikzai said. "That will automatically boost the morale of these young and talented players."

"They will share the dressing room with a top-class cricketer and coach. We are sure that with Geoff's guidance these players will perform better than they did in the last Under-19 World Cup in 2010 (where they won just one match)," he said.

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  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Mr. Lawson this not only a cricket coaching for U but also a sharing part U R taking in a Nation building. I pesonaly appreciate the job U took on and advising my nation under 19 cricket team, to take full advantage from such opportunities that come available.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    We hope you Afghan U19 to take full advantages of Mr. Lawson he is and experienced cricketer, and he has enough coaching experience as well, we hope you Mr. Lawson good result of your short time consultancy , we wish you totally inspire our team from what you have. Thanks, Saadat

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    With a bit of luck, they might be able to get Henry to stick around for a while.

  • Jawwad on May 16, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Good Luck Geoff. Sorry that your tenure did not last long with Pakistan Cricket but am sure your services will be grateful to Afghan Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    nice move by ACB to bring international Experienced to AFG dressing room but Lawson is the mother of grouping he made groups in Pakistan Cricket team as well by dividing them into Yusuf Group Yusun Group Afridi Group and Malik Group

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