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by John Pennington Tuesday 11 March 2014
Afghanistan have appointed Peter Anderson, the Australian former head coach of Papua New Guinea, as their Academy Head Coach.
Peter Anderson - Q & A
What do you see as the role of a coach and in particular the role of the Coach of the National Cricket Academy?
Mainly setting up a structure, so the Academy becomes an important part of the cricket pathway in Afghanistan, from school cricket, U-19, 'A' Team all the way to the National Team.
The Academy Coach can fill many roles like coaching coaches, talent identification, improving specific skills, cricket awareness and assisting teams in preparation for tournaments.
And how are you specifically suited to that role?
I have a very good understanding of what is required to build structures. The Australian system which I came through as player and later as a coach has been a successful system, which a lot of countries have adopted as a blue print.
I feel I can work well with all departments of the ACB having been involved as a National Coach of PNG. I understand the challenges that countries like Afghanistan and PNG have as Associate Countries striving for international recognition.
Yes, I am very excited to be involved in helping ACB on its journey to full Test Cricket status.
Afghanistan has some of the most talented, naturally gifted players in the world. I have followed the National Teams' successes from afar. They are not far away from breaking into the top 10 playing countries.
Hopefully, I can help the players and coaches achieve their goals of more consistent cricket performances across all specific skills of cricket through my role as National Academy Coach.
Anderson will take up his role on 15th April and be based in Kabul after two years developing PNG into an emerging force in world cricket.
PNG narrowly missed out on qualification for both the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Noor Mohammed Murad is delighted that Aghanistan have got their man, who worked with the men's women's and age-group teams.
"We are pleased to be welcoming a person of Peter Anderson’s calibre to head our new National Cricket Academy," he said.
"He brings to us years of experience in the cricket world both in Australia and internationally.
"His experience with Papua New Guinea Cricket, a developing cricket country, will fit him well for his work in Afghanistan.
"As head of the National Cricket Academy we expect that his skills will impact upon a broad range of Afghan cricket from junior and domestic through to the elite level."
Anderson has a wealth of coaching experience, having earned his coaching accreditation in 1987, when he was still playing.
He played as a wicket-keeper between 1986 and 1993, representing Queensland and South Australia.
His coaching achievements include leading PNG to fourth place at the recent ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, ensuring the team has One-Day International status until 2018.
‘’The players worked very hard and they deserve their success," Anderson said looking back on his time with PNG.
"Getting the players to believe in themselves and their ability is what I am most proud of," he added.
Afghanistan are riding high at the moment, having defeated Bangladesh to finish fourth in their first appearance at the Asia Cup earlier this month.
They will meet Bangladesh again, as well as Hong Kong and Nepal in the first stage of the ICC World Twenty20, aiming to win the group and reach the second group stage.
This will be their third straight appearance at the ICC WT20 after 2010 and 2012.
They will then begin preparations for the 2015 World Cup, for which the qualified by finished second to Ireland in the World Cricket League Championship in 2013.
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