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Lance Klusner reappointed as Zimbabwe coach

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CRICDOT DESK : Craig Irwin has been named Zimbabwe’s ODI and T20 captain. Test captaincy rests with Shaun Williams. Arvin was the acting captain in the last limited overs series against Ireland, Scotland and Sri Lanka. However, Regis Chakava is the co-captain in all three formats.

Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusner has been re-appointed as Zimbabwe’s batting coach. He was in this role before from 2016 to 2017.

In 2019, Klusner became the head coach of Afghanistan. He left the job in November last year by mutual consent. The last Klusner was in charge of the Khulna Tigers in the Bangladesh Premier League. Head coach Lalchand Rajput is in charge.

Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will not continue as head coach of Afghanistan when his contract expires at the end of the year.

Klusener took the Afghanistan job in September 2019 and led the team to compete in the recently-completed T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. The 50-year-old’s contract runs until 31 December but he’ll be heading home to South Africa after that. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said in a statement that the decision not to extend Klusener’s contract was a mutual one.

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The statement read: “Afghanistan Cricket Board & Lance Klusener, the head coach of Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team, in a mutual agreement, decided not to extend the contract of Mr Lance as the Head coach of Afghanistan National Cricket Team.

“Afghanistan Cricket Board & the National Cricket Team have had the coaching services of Mr Lance Klusener for more than two years; shared & will take away some exciting memories from his tenure. ACB thank him, appreciate his efforts with the national team & wish him all the very best in his coaching career ahead.”

The ACB added that it would begin the process of recruiting Klusener’s successor with immediate effect.

“The ACB has launched the recruitment process for hiring a new head coach and is looking forward to have the services of another reasonable option to replace Lance Klusener as the head coach of Afghanistan for the upcoming events.”

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