Former Australian middle-order batter Stuart Law has been named as the interim head coach of the Afghanistan men’s team, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced on Saturday (February 19).
Law, who takes over from Lance Klusener, reached Chattogram to be with the Afghanistan team ahead of their white-ball series against Bangladesh.
Stuart Law Named as Interim Head Coach of Afghanistan
The 53-year-old Law will take over from South African Lance Klusener, who had ended his association with the Afghanistan team in September last year after deciding not to renew his contract.
“Former Australian middle-order batter Stuart Grant Law has been named as the interim head coach of our national men’s cricket team for the Bangladesh Series. He has already reached Bangladesh and will step up into the role of interim head coach ahead of the upcoming ODI and T20I series against side,” ACB said in a statement.
“ACB has launched the recruitment process for hiring a new head coach and is looking forward to having the services of another reasonable option as the permanent head coach of Afghanistan for the upcoming events.”
After his tenure as a cricketer, Law took to coaching roles at different levels, the biggest of them being the batting consultant for the Australian team.
After the 2011 World Cup, Law briefly acted as Sri Lanka’s interim coach before being appointed as the head coach of Bangladesh in 2011-2012.
He led Bangladesh to their first Asia Cup final but stood down nine months into the job. He took over as coach of Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat in 2013.
He then served as technical advisor to the Bangladesh Under-19 side at the 2016 U-19 World Cup, before taking charge as the head coach of the West Indies Cricket Team on a two-year contract.
The Afghanistan team reached Chattogram from Sylhet on Saturday after completing a week-long preparation camp.
ACB officials told Cricbuzz that Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mohammad Nabi, who are currently participating in the Pakistan Super League, will reach Chattogram on February 21.
Afghanistan will play three ODIs and two T20Is against Bangladesh. The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram will host the ODIs on February 23, 25, and 28 while the two T20Is will be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on March 3 and 5.