Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has appointed former Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower as Afghanistan’s national team consultant for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced on Friday (October 9).
Flower, who has represented Zimbabwe in 63 Tests and 213 One-Day International matches before switching to coaching, comes in with a rich coaching experience.
He has coached the England team from 2009 to 2014 and helped them to lift the ICC T20 World Cup 2010 in the West Indies. Apart from working with England, he has also had multiple coaching stints in various franchises and T20 leagues around the world, including IPL, CPL, PSL, and his most recent assignment being in The Hundred.
“We are delighted that Andy has joined ACB. 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,” ACB chairman Azizullah Fazli said in a statement.
Andy Flower has joined the Afghanistan cricket bubble. The Afghanistan team departed for Qatar from Kabul on October 6 to reach the United Arab Emirates for the showpiece event, which kick starts on October 17 and will be played till November 14.
Meanwhile, the captain of the Afghanistan team, Mohammed Nabi, at the ICC event, said: “The team has started training in Qatar to adjust with the weather. They are waiting for the UAE visas and everyone is prepared for the World Cup.”
Afghanistan is placed in Group 2 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which also includes teams namely India, New Zealand, and Pakistan. They will be joined by two other teams from the qualifier stage. Afghanistan will square off with the winner of Group B in Round 1 on October 25 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 Full Schedule
October 25, 2021: vs Qualifier (B1), Sharjah (07:30 PM IST)
October 29, 2021: vs Pakistan, Dubai (7:30 PM IST)
October 31, 2021: vs Qualifier (A2), Abu Dhabi (3:30 PM IST)
November 3, 2021: vs India, Abu Dhabi (07:30 PM IST)
November 7: vs New Zealand, Abu Dhabi (03:30 PM IST)
Follow the latest cricket updates of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, squad updates, cricket match updates, and more on MadOverCricket!