The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have moved swiftly to install Andy Moles as head coach to replace Kabir Khan, who resigned earlier this week.
Moles was appointed as batting coach in June and now takes on the top job after Kabir stood down - just five months before the World Cup.
"I am very excited as I take on the role of national coach for Afghanistan," Moles said.
"The ACB has a very talented bunch of players and I am looking forward to the challenges of working with them to help them reach the pinnacle of their performance as individuals and as a team," he added.
Moles brings considerable experience to the Afghanistan side, including working with Kenya, Scotland and New Zealand.
"Some media outlets have described Kabir Khan’s resignation as a setback and a major blow for Afghanistan cricket," Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, ACB chief executive said when announcing Mole’s appointment.
"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 and needed skills and approaches to the position.
"He comes to us at this important time with a wealth of experience in international cricket both as player and coach. This will enrich and broaden the development of our national team.”
"Even though a change at this time may not have been our first choice, we strongly believe that our new national coach will enhance our preparation for the World Cup 2015 and that our players will reap many benefits."
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