In what can be termed as a blessing for the Afghanistan cricket team, former Pakistan legendary cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq has been appointed as the temporary coach of Afghanistan for their upcoming tour against the Zimbabwe cricket team. The tour starts from the 16th October and will comprise of five ODIs & two T20Is.
Inzamam told AFP that, “I have accepted the role of Afghanistan team coach only for the tour of Zimbabwe. It will be exciting and I would love to put their enormous passion on the right track.”
The Afghans have a history of learning the game from the refugee camps that were there on the borders of the neighbouring nation Pakistan. They came to international stage in 2009 and since then have progressed quite efficiently. Afghanistan have appeared in three ICC World T20Is & one ICC 50-over World Cup.
All the progress, however, halted after the term of their coach Andy Moles was not renewed owing to the communication problems, as stated by the board. Most Afghan players speak Urdu, due to which Kabir Khan & Rashid Latif had also been a part of the team’s coaching staff at times.
Inzamam quoted that – “They offered me the role of head coach and had been after me for the last two years, and now they have asked me to help them for the Zimbabwe series, which I have agreed. They are aggressive and passionate which could be both good and bad, if it is not controlled, so I will try to teach them that control and how to use their passion in the right manner.”