Afghanistan Cricket Board has named Jonathan Trott as the head coach of men’s national cricket team. Former England batsman will take over coaching duties during Afghanistan’s tour to Ireland in August.
Before his appointment as coach of Afghanistan men’s national cricket team, Jonathan Trott has closely worked with England Lions and U-19 team. He was named as batting consultant for Scotland during 2021 ICC T20 World Cup played in the United Arab Emirates. The 41-year old also has worked with England’s men national cricket team.
In 2018, Jonathan Trott announced his retirement from international cricket. After his appointment as head coach of Afghanistan’s men national cricket team, Jonathan Trott said that he is extremely honored and privileged to have the opportunity to coach one of the most exciting and talent sides in world cricket at the moment. He further said that will be looking to forward to work with premier players like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Trott said that Afghanistan has exciting group of players that can upstage any top team in white-ball cricket. He said that he will be hoping that the side can perform consistently well to bring smiles to the faces of people of Afghanistan.
Initially, Former England captain and batsman Graham Gooch was dubbed as frontlines candidate to coach Afghanistan. Due to serious health issues, Graham Gooch couldn’t fulfill his commitment with Afghanistan cricket board. He was suffering from serious illness since May this year.
With Asia Cup and 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Newly-appointed coach Jonathan Trott will be hoping that Afghanistan can show consistency with bat and ball and surprise cricket pundits with positive results on the field.
Afghanistan is scheduled to tour Ireland in the month of August to play five-match T20I series. All-rounder Mohammad Nabi will Afghanistan for the five-match series against Ireland.