Former Australia batsman Dean Jones to coach Afghanistan on upcoming tour of Hong Kong
The appointment of the 52-test player ensures the host’s job is that little bit harder against a nation recently afforded test status
Hong Kong’s task of taming Afghanistan in their Intercontinental Cup match at Mission Road later this month just got that little bit harder, with former Australia player Dean Jones to coach the tourists in the four-day clash.
Hong Kong were already set to have their work cut out against a superior Afghanistan side that received test status earlier this year and the appointment of the 52-test batsman adds to the challenge.
Known for his guts and no-fuss approach, Jones’ appointment will bring a hard edge to a team who’s fortunes are on the rise.
Jones, who visited Kabul last month to commentate on the Shpageeza Twenty20 tournament, could eventually take on a permanent role, the Afghan cricket board said.
“[The] Afghanistan Cricket Board has appointed Dean Jones, a prominent former Australian cricketer and commentator, as its head coach for the four-day Intercontinental game in Hong Kong,” it said in a statement. “Both parties will consider a long-term agreement after the game.”
Jones said in a Twitter message that he was happy to lead Afghanistan’s cricket team in Hong Kong.
“I am pleased to announce that I will be Afghanistan interim head coach for their tour to Hong Kong #shouldbefun,” he said.
Afghanistan’s cricket team was catapulted into the elite club of test nations in June and made their landmark Lord’s debut the following month.
Last month, the fifth edition of the six-team Shpageeza tournament attracted big-name players, coaches and commentators, along with thousands of fans, lifting spirits in a country better known for its grinding conflict.