Afghanistan news September 2, 2014

Kabir Khan quits as Afghanistan coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Pakistan fast bowler Kabir Khan has resigned as coach of the Afghanistan national side stating that the job had taken a toll on his family life. However, he has said he could continue to help the team in another capacity.

Kabir said he had decided to resign after constant travel had affected his family life. Kabir had stated that he wanted to quit after the World T20 in March this year but had agreed to stay on for a short period after a request from the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

"I have resigned from the coach's post," Kabir told AFP. "The simple reason is that my family was suffering from my being away on tours and I was not enjoying coaching. I had informed them [Afghanistan Cricket Board] a month ago but we reached the agreement a few days back and they accepted my stance."

Kabir's second stint as Afghanistan coach - he was earlier the coach from 2008 to 2010 - began in December 2011 and his three-year contract was due to run out this year. In his first assignment with Afghanistan, he guided the side from the lowest division of the World Cricket League to ODI status in 2009 and a maiden World T20 appearance in 2010.

Following a disagreement with the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Kabir quit as coach in 2010, after which he was appointed coach of the United Arab Emirates team. He returned to coach the Afghanistan side in December 2011, and after his return, Afghanistan qualified for the World T20 in 2012. In 2013, Afghanistan beat Kenya and finished second in the World Cricket League Championship, sealing a place in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, their maiden appearance in the tournament.

Prior to the 2015 World Cup, Afghanistan are scheduled to participate in the Asian Games, which start later this month, followed by a familiarisation tour of Australia organised by the ICC, where they will play a series of matches against local sides. They will also play the Asian Cricket Council Championship later in the year.

Kabir was confident his absence would not affect the team too much during the World Cup: "I think qualifying for the World Cup was more important than playing it so I don't think my not being there will affect the performance."

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  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Well done Kabir Khan and we thank you for your efforts and sacrifice for the Afghan cricket and broader Afghanistan. During your coaching time, Afghanistan made great strides overall. Thank you and manana

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Andy Moles, Already taken over as Head Coach of Afghanistan So its good news. but still need some good fast bowling and spin bowling coach.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Thanks Kabir khan for taking AFG in the next level. But now its time bring a good Bowling coach from Pakistan . and AFG team will be very strong and can beat the big teams in the world .

  • Android on September 3, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    kabir khan the name which every Afghan cricket fan will remember through out his life. due to what he has done for afghan team. tx buddy.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    he did great job for afghan cricket team as it was his own family, i hope every afghan will remember you till end, thank you

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    Allah Bless you Mr. Kabir Khan, May Allah bring 1000 times happiness in your life brother. I am an Afghan and with out your help my dream would have never came true. Thank you so much, every Afghan Owe you. I would like to ask every Afghan to appreciate his hard work and remember in the history of Afghanistan Cricket. I hope ACB you invite you more often to get your Advice.


    Sameer from USa

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    he did a great job as a coach . hope to see afghanistan shows good cricket wc

  • Android on September 2, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Tnx Kabir Khan for you efforts to Afghanistan cricket. You will always be remembered by cricket fans in Afghanistan and abroad. Respect from Germany :)

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Kabir Khan was a virtual unknown before he took on the job of coaching Afghanistan. Now many will be knocking on his door. He did achieve miracles with Afghanistan and today they can easily beat any one of the minnows any day. What am amazing win win situation for everyone. Happens rarely anywhere. Kabir for Afghan President. You have my vote.

  • Android on September 2, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    End of great era. He is of the best coach I had ever seen in my life. May god help Afghanistan in World Cup.

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