Former Pak skipper to train Afghan squad

KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Pakistani captain, Amir Sohail, has been appointed as batting coach of the Afghan national cricket squad, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Wednesday.

Sohail would serve as short-term batting coach of the team during the ACC Premier League, in which six Asian countries are participating. The matches are scheduled to begin in Malaysia on May 1.

A statement from ACB said it planned to arrange a training camp for cricketers in Lahore ahead of the event, where Sohail would join the Afghan team.

During the camp, other trainers would also assist Afghan players in improving their morale and to removing their batting gaps, according to board officials.

ACB Chief Executive Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad confirmed the appointment of Sohail. The left-hander has played 156 One Day Internationals (ODI) and 47 Test matches for Pakistan.

Sport analyst Zarab Shah Zahir welcomed the ACB initiative, saying Sohail had brilliant experience in cricket world and was an excellent batsman of his time.

He added right now Afghan cricketers were facing problems in batting area. He hoped the initiative would help bolster the performance of national squad.