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ACB hires Prabhakar as bowling coach for World T20

ACB hires Prabhakar as bowling coach for World T20

Dec 19, 2015 - 09:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Cricket Board (ACB) has announced hiring ex-India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar as bowling coach until the end of the Worldinfo-icon T20 in India in 2016.

Prabhakar would join former Pakistaninfo-icon skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was appointed as head coach some months back, in training the national squad, ACB spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The former cricketer has played 39 Tests and 130 One-Day Internationals ODIs for his country. A good expert of in and out swing, he has picked up 96 Test wickets and 157 ODI wickets.

ACB Chairman Nasimullah Danish, meanwhile, hailed Prabharkar’s appointment as a positive step, hoping he would be able to address the national team’s problems in the bowling department.

Shafiqullah Stanikzai, the board’s chief executive, also voiced confidence the coach would use his valuable experience to lend greater depth and add aggression to Afghanistan’s bowling attack.

The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and ACB recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority to let the latter use the Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sportsinfo-icon Complex as their home ground.

The Afghans won five of the seven matches they played in the World T20 Qualifier in Ireland in July to find their way to the main event. Afghanistan are slotted with Scotland, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe in Group B of the World T20. One of the four teams will make it to Group 1 to join England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies for the Super 10 stage.

Prabhakar is currently training Afghan bowlers for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex. Afghanistan can host other Associate Nations as well as full-member teams for at their home ground in India.

“I am glad I can guide the Afghan team. They have immense talent and I am sure, in the years to come, Afghanistan will emerge as a force to reckon with in all forms of the game,” he was quoted as saying by the Indian media. “They have shown a healthy keenness to learn the finer points of the game.”


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