Afghanistan news March 11, 2014

Afghanistan sign former PNG coach for new academy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan have roped in the former Papua New Guinea coach, Peter Anderson, as the coach of the newly established National Cricket Academy in Kabul. Anderson, who has played 56 first-class matches for Queensland and South Australia, had served as the coach of PNG for the past two years during which he oversaw the development of the U-17, U-19, Women's and Men's national teams.

"I am very excited to be involved in helping ACB on its journey to full Test Cricket status," Anderson said. "Afghanistan have some of the most talented, naturally gifted players in the world. Hopefully, I can help the players and coaches achieve their goals of more consistent cricket performances across all specific skills of cricket through my role as National Academy Coach."

The new role will entail coaching coaches, talent identification, improving specific skills, cricket awareness and assisting teams in preparation for tournaments and broadly, Anderson said, "setting up a structure, so the Academy becomes an important part of the cricket pathway in Afghanistan, from school cricket, U-19, "A" Team all the way to the National Team."

During his tenure, PNG rose from 19th to 16th in the world rankings. PNG also finished fourth in the recently concluded World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand as a result of which, they gained ODI status and ICC high performance funding for the next four years. Under Anderson's leadership, PNG also maintained their top ranking in the EAP (East Asia Pacific) region, winning all their regional tournaments.

"We are pleased to be welcoming a person of Peter Anderson's caliber to head our new National Cricket Academy," Noor Mohammad Murad, the Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive, said. "He brings to us years of experience in the cricket world both in Australia and internationally."

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  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Wish that Mr. Peter Anderson to be the most effective coach in order to enhance entire Afghanistan Cricket Team.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Match was delayed due to light and Bangladesh cricket board has not arranged a spare generator where it is very essential in the night games. the revise target is 122 in 15 overs. Shame Bangaladish

  • Mohammad Khan on March 12, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Welldone and hope Afghan players well do learn some and achieve some Cricket knowledge especially for ODI matches I mean to learn how not to hesitate in front of full members. Hope to have a bright future.

  • Cricinfouser on March 11, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    its good that finally a experience coach has emerged, hope the players listen to him and the board respect his talent and decisions! ! ! !

    ofcours his motivations is to take the national team further in worldcricket. but hope he gets free hands when it comes to players selection.

  • Sujan on March 11, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    It doesn't matter about his playing career stats. Some people are good leaders and motivators, and know how to coach. In pro sports, there aren't many all-star caliber players who've done well in coaching.

  • ziaulrahman on March 11, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Please ACB appointe some one like these, who have more experience in batting (R.Pointing), look at Bangladesh:

    Waqar, Murali take on coaching roles with Bengal Mar 11, 2014: Waqar Younis and Muttiah Muralitharan have been appointed pace and spin bowling consultants respectively for Bengal, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) confirmed after its working committee meeting on Monday

  • ziaulrahman on March 11, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    His batting average is 17, and dose not have any wicket in first class matchs, and was as a keeper , he didn't play in Austrian national team. Why why why ACB ???????????????? what's the reason for accepting him as a coach, its not fair please use your mind and appointe some one else that has don something in his cricket history, you are destroying our national team, please some one help our poor ACB.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    That is really a great news!!! Unless the foundation is laid strong,Afghanistan cricket will not achieve what is expected from them.This will help Afghanistan cricket tremendously in future.... Well done ACB

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Good job done by ACB hope it will bring good results in development of cricket in Afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    A very positive step towards cricket of Afghanistan , well done Dr. Murrad keep it up

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