Former SL cricketer Avishka Gunawardene appointed Afghanistan’s batting coach

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Avishka Gunawardene has been announced as the new batting coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team, the strife-torn country’s cricket board has announced amid fresh turmoil at home following the takeover by Taliban.

Confirming the development on its official twitter handle, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said: “Former @OfficialSLC batsman and coach, Avishka Gunawardene has been appointed as Afghanistan National Team’s batting coach.”

Few days back, former Australian pacer Shaun Tait was appointed Afghanistan national team’s bowling coach.

Gunawardene, who represented Sri Lanka for almost a decade, played six Tests and 61 ODIs.

Although he managed only 181 runs in Tests, Gunawardene had accumulated 1708 runs in the ODIs with a century.

Earlier in May, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had cleared Gunawardene of two corruption charges and allowed him to take part in cricket-related activities.

Afghanistan will next play three ODIs against Pakistan in Sri Lanka in September.

News Desk

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