Local cricket coach heads to Lords with the Afghanistan National Cricket Team
Ryan Maron, former Western Province cricketer and University of Cape Town Head Coach, will walk the hallowed pitch at Lords in London next week, as he fulfils his role of Fielding Coach for the Afghanistan National Cricket team.
The Afghanistan side, with the help of Maron’s fielding expertise, drew with the West Indies in the One Day series this past month. The Afghans did not feature well in the T20 series but got off to an impressive start in the ODI series by winning the first game. West Indies hit back in the 2nd ODI, which set up the 3rd nicely. Sadly, the weather was the only "winner" on the day and the match could not go ahead.
Following on their impressive performance, Afghanistan was awarded full membership of the International Cricket Council in June, which makes them part of the elite 12 nations who play Test matches.
A resident of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, Maron has previously worked with the team, having served as their fielding coach in 2014 and 2015 during the Cricket World Cup in Australasia and T20 World Cup qualifiers in Scotland and Ireland. He has a wide range of coaching experience with some of the top sides in South Africa and abroad including the The Dolphins, VRA and ACC Cricket Clubs in Holland, Several clubs in the U.K. and Rondebosch Boy’s High School.
“I’m thrilled to see a team that I’ve worked alongside become a fully-fledged member of the ICC. It’s taken a lot of discipline and dedication from every member and the honour of playing at Lords next week is feels like both a reward and the next step in our journey.”
The Afghans will face the famous Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on 11 July, whose members include former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The side will be captained by former New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum.