Andy Flower appointed as a consultant coach for Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup

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Former Zimbabwe captain and England coach, Andy Flower has been appointed as a consultant coach for the Afghanistan team in the upcoming ICC men’s T20 World Cup, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed.

Flower has played 63 tests and 213 one-day international matches for Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2003. He coached England from 2009 to 2014; also helped them in winning the T20 World Cup of 2010.

He has coached in the T20 leagues across the world, including the Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.

“Andy has worked with a number of our players in various franchise completions and his vast experience will be very beneficial and useful to help the team in the World Cup,”

said Azizullah Fazli, the ACB’s new chairman.

The T20 World Cup is all set to begin on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates.

Afghanistan has made it into Group 2 alongside India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and two qualifiers. 

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The team will be led by Mohammad Nabi at the World Cup event after the Afghan star player Rashid Khan stepped down from captaincy.

The Taliban, who took control of Afghanistan in August, has said that they would not interfere with men’s cricket, but their intentions of women’s sports are made crystal clear.

However, the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss the issue of Afghanistan and women’s cricket at its next board meeting during the World Cup.

Last month, Cricket Australia have threatened the Afghanistan cricket board that they will cancel their only Test match against Australia if the Taliban did not allow women to participate in sports.