Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) appointed former Sri Lankan batsman Avishka Gunawardene as their batting coach for the upcoming one-day series against Pakistan, which will be played from 1 to 5 September in Sri Lanka.
“Avishka Gunawardene, former batsman and coach of @OfficialSLC, has been appointed as the coach of the national team of Afghanistan.” wrote ACB while confirming the development on its official Twitter handle.
Gunawardene will replace former South African batsman Hylton Deon Ackerman in the role. Afghanistan’s government has earlier named former Australian speedster Shaun Tait as their team’s new bowling coach.
Gunawardene represented Sri Lanka in 6 Tests and 61 ODIs, where he scored 181 and 1708 runs respectively.
Gunawardene was even the batting coach of the Sri Lankan national team and in the recent past also coached the A and emerging teams of Sri Lanka.
The Pakistan series will be his first major task since he was released from the corruption charges related to alleged violations of the Emirates Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code during the 2017 T10 tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, Taliban fighters who took over Afghanistan on Monday revealed that cricket could continue as before.