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Moles named new Afghanistan coach

Tim Wigmore

September 3, 2014

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Andy Moles, the former New Zealand coach, has been appointed as the new coach of Afghanistan. He replaces Kabir Khan, whose resignation was confirmed on Tuesday.

Before taking over as head coach, former Warwickshire batsman Moles had been working as Afghanistan's batting coach, a position he was only appointed to in June this year.

His first assignment with the Afghanistan side will be on the tour to Australia and New Zealand, for eight fixtures designed to prepare the side for the World Cup next year. The tour begins on September 12, and will see Afghanistan play eight fixtures against state and district sides, although their attempts to organise a one-day international against Australia or New Zealand were turned down.

"The good thing about Andy is that he's worked with a full member team - New Zealand," the Afghan Cricket Board CEO Noor Mohammad Murad told ESPNcricinfo. "And the World Cup will also be held in New Zealand. A 100% focus is on the World Cup."

Since retiring as a player in 1997, Moles has enjoyed a diverse coaching career. He has worked for Griqualand West, Northern Districts and New Zealand, who he coached for a year from 2008. Moles also has a proven pedigree with associate sides, and led Scotland to victory in the ICC Trophy in 2005, earning them qualification for the 2007 World Cup.

His appointment brings to an end Khan's six-year involvement in Afghan Cricket, although he may yet work in an advisory capacity. Khan worked as head coach from 2008 to 2010, before resigning citing board interference with the team during a tour of Scotland.

He returned to Afghanistan at the end of 2011, and oversaw a run of six consecutive World Cricket League victories that resulted in qualification for the 2015 World Cup last October.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Khan originally tried to resign six months ago, but the Afghan Board has only now accepted his resignation because Moles is an obvious successor. Khan's contract had been due to expire at the end of the year but he has stood down now citing "personal issues and commitment with his family", Murad said. "We respect his decision.

"Some media outlets have described Kabir Khan's resignation as a setback and a major blow for Afghanistan cricket. We do not see it this way. We see it as a new opportunity for further development both of the national team and our national cricket generally.

"Whilst Kabir shared his particular skills with our players over a long period, Andy Moles brings different skills. He comes to us at this important time with a wealth of experience in international cricket both as player and coach."

The Afghan Cricket Board have also confirmed that Peter Anderson, the former South Australia and Queensland wicket-keeper and current coach of the Afghanistan National Cricket Academy, will accompany the side on their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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Posted by   on (September 8, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

A thanks from afghan people to Mr.kabir khan and wanna say congratulation to afghan people case of new coach i have believe on afghan team the afghan cricketer boys are talented boys and the will make a record in world cup of 2015 in shaa Allah

Posted by   on (September 6, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

retirement of KAbir khan was too important in this crucial time for ACB now we are in different situation Kabir khan did all his best with ACB. welcome Moles hope to be unforgetable for ACB

Posted by Arif.Dost on (September 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Arif Dost Wish To be Strong The Bating Side Of Afghanistan Cricket Player's and Andy M also Work Better On Afghanistan Cricket Player's Arif Dost

Posted by   on (September 4, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

I'm sure That my beloved Afghanistan name will be on top after a few years.... There is lots of potential in these Afghan boys now cricket become well known in my country... I hope Moles can bring positive change in the side and hope Afghanistan will make a place in World cup 2015...... Long Live MY homeland

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 4, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

In present state, even Afghanistan can beat England in ODIs. Andy Moles will bring the best to Afghan cricket. Good luck.

Posted by scorpion4u on (September 4, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

Many thanks first of all to Mr. Kabir Khan that made famous and known Afghanistan Cricket in the world and thanks to Mr. Moles to accept the request and hope to promote and work more hard for the coming world Cup 2015 and I am sure that we can have and will see the bright future In Shah Allah.

Posted by Kaliwal-Halak on (September 4, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Good recruitment and replacement, i would suggest that ACB hire Wasim Akram as the Bowling Coach, that will definitely help to convert the serious raw talent into skills in the talented Afghan side.

Posted by Maiwandsz on (September 3, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

INSAALLAH afghanistan is improving day by day and some young talent is also include in a team for world cup i am sure they will impress alot of people with their performance in world cup specially usman ghani.nasir jamal,shafiqullah,hashmatullah and najib zadran

Posted by android_user on (September 3, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

happy about moles. wish him best luck and a much better batting line up for Afghanistan. beside that Afghanistan also need a bowling coach to Guide them. Bowling is the main strength of Afghan team. which had challenged big brothers in asian cup. wish ACB bring in some one very soon having greater experience.

Posted by android_user on (September 3, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

I hope he brings more improvement in Afghanistan cricket specially in batting department. I'd also like to request ESPNcricinfo to write a small report on Afghanistan domestic cricket by the name of "Shpageeza" " Sixes-Tournament" which attracted thousands of fans across the country & recently ended in Kabul stadium!

Thanks for your consideration :)

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