Afghanistan appoint Dean Jones as interim coach

Dean Jones has played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia
Dean Jones has played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia
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Afghanistan Cricket Board has confirmed former Australia batsman Dean Jones as the interim coach of the national side.

Jones already has the experience of coaching Islamabad United to a title win in the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League in 2016 and will replace former Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput, whose contract was not renewed after August.

Jones' immediate assignment will be an Intercontinental Cup fixture in Hong Kong later this month.

The 56-year-old confirmed the news on the social media platform Twitter.

"I am pleased to announce that I will be Afghanistan interim head coach for their tour to Hong Kong," read a tweet from Jones.

The Afghanistan board revealed that a decision on a long-term contract with Jones will be taken following the tour of Hong Kong.

“Both sides will consider a long-term coaching agreement after the tour of Hong Kong,” the board said in a statement.

Recently, Afghanistan along with Ireland were granted Test status by the International Cricket Council.

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