Former U19 coach Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai appointed Chief Selector as part of several other changes announced by the Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board in a press conference today.
Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai has been appointed as the new Chief Selector to lead the three-member independent selection committee, replacing Nawroz Mangal. He will be supported by two other new members – Asadullah Khan and Badshah Hussain. Mr. Ahmadzai who represented Afghanistan as a fast bowler has served ACB in the Chief Selector prior to the term of Nawroz Mangal and was later the Head of Domestic Cricket and coach of the U19 side. Asadullah Khan has spent several years with the national team as a video analyst and is a Level-III qualified coach. Badshah Hussain was part of the national side as an opening batsman until 2009.
Mr. Fazli thanked Nawroz Mangal for his tenure as the Chief Selector and commented: “Nawroz was part of the national side both as a player and later as the captain making him a technically-capable person and I would like to thank him for his services as the Chief Selector recently. He will now serve as join the coaching staff of national side as a Batting Consultant”
The position of Cricket Director that was formed in mid-2018 and held by Bashir Stanikzai has been dissolved. Shiragha Hamkar has been also removed from the position of National Team Manager. ACB Chairman Azizullah Fazli said that the position will now be rotational with new manager being appointed for each national team tour.
Wali Amin and Ahmad Shah Sulaimankhail who were members of the selection committee will now join the selection committee under the leadership of Allahdad Noori. Nooralam Farid returns to his previous position of Amo Region Manager that was held by Khaliqdad Noori for less than one year.
According to the Chairman of ACB, these changes will help in provision of extensive technical support to the National Team during the preparation stage of the 2019 ICC Cricket World cup that will be held in England and Wales next year. Mr. Fazli said: “over the next few months, there will be significant focus on how to prepare a competitive side for the upcoming World Cup. The team will participate in training and conditional camps because the playing conditions in England are very different to that in Asia.