Wednesday 3 September 2014 

Kabir Khan Steps Down As Afghanistan Coach

Kabir Khan steps down as Afghanistan coach
Kabir Khan steps down as Afghanistan coach
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In a huge blow to Afghanistan ahead of Cricket World Cup 2015, long-time coach Kabir Khan has stepped down from his position.

He cited family reasons behind this unexpected move with less than six months to go before the important tournament.

"The job requires a lot of travelling and this has affected my family life a lot and I now have to give them proper time," Kabir told Reuters.

Kabir Khan, under whom Afghanistan qualified for three Twenty20 World Cups in 2010, 2012 and 2014, was not enjoying his job any longer as the coach.

"I was not enjoying my job and so I decided it was time to resign and the Afghanistan Cricket Board accepted my decision."

Kabir Khan, the former left-arm seamer from Pakistan, had two successful stints as coach for the Afghanistan cricket team since 2007.

Khan played a vital role in taking Afghanistan from World Cricket League Division Five to Division One and later qualified for full One-Day International status from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Former New Zealand coach Andy Moles is expected to replace Kabir Khan. Moles was appointed as a batting coach for the team earlier this year.

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