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Inzamam-ul-Haq set to continue as Afghanistan coach

Inzamam-ul-Haq set to continue as Afghanistan coach
Inzamam-ul-Haq had a successful start to his coaching career.
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The Afghanistan Cricket Board on Wednesday confirmed that former Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq will continue as the coach of the Afghanistan team for another two years.

The decision comes after Afghanistan's stupendous success in Zimbabwe, where they defeated Elton Chigbumbura's men in both One-Day International and Twenty20 International series.

The Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, which was also Inzamam's first assignment as the head coach of the Asian team, saw an Associate team registering an ODI series victory over a Full Member nation for the first time.

Confirming the news, Kabir Khan, who was the former coach of Afghanistan and the current national selector of Pakistan, said that the 45-year-old was impressed with the performance of Afghanistan in Zimbabwe.

"I spoke to Inzamam and he has accepted a two-year contract with the Afghanistan team which will do them a lot of good," Khan told the Press Trust of India.

"Inzamam is satisfied with what he saw in Zimbabwe and believes that the Afghanistan team has good cricket talent and can move ahead," he added.

Afghanistan have always boasted a good bowling attack, especially in the pace department with the likes of Dawalt Zadran, Shapoor Zadran and Amir Hamza.

It is their batting department which has let them down on several occasions and Khan believes Inzamam's addition can help Afghanistan address the problem.

"Inzamam is a cricket great and he can do a lot to improve their batting standards.

“And his calibre and stature is such he will remain above any petty politics which have hurt Afghanistan cricket," he said.

It is understood that Inzamam approached the Pakistan Cricket Board to take up the role of batting consultant earlier this year, but the deal didn't go through due to financial reasons.

Inzamam is Pakistan's most successful batsman in international cricket spread across all formats with 20,541 runs from 495 matches which include 35 centuries and 129 fifties.

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