Afghanistan cricket board confirms extension of Jonathon Trott’s contract as head coach

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Kabul/IBNS: The Afghanistan Cricket Board on Monday confirmed the extension of Jonathon Trott’s contract as the national team’s head coach for 2024.

The decision comes in after his successful 18-month tenure, during which he made significant contributions to the team’s progress and development.

The ACB appointed the South-Africa-born former English cricketer as the head coach in July 2022.

Under his leadership, the team achieved remarkable success and secured several victories, including the team’s impressive performance at the ACC T20 Men’s Asia Cup 2022, its maiden international win.

Also, a T20I series victory against Pakistan, a maiden ODI series win over Bangladesh and a successful campaign at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Trott has played 52 test matches for England from 2009-2015, scoring 3835 runs at 44.08 with 9 centuries and 19 half-centuries to his name with the best of 226 in an inning.

He has also represented England in 68 ODIs during the period, having scored 2838 runs at 51.25 with 4 hundreds and 22 half-centuries to his name in the format.

Trott expressed his pleasure on the extension of his contract and stated that he is looking forward to spending more time with the squad and building on performances of the recently held ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Afghanistan are currently in the United Arab Emirates for a three-match T20I series against the host team.

Following this, they are scheduled for an upcoming tour to India, where they will play the hosts in a three-match T20I series from January 11 to 17.

Moreover, the team has a packed year ahead with various bilateral tours lined up, including their participation in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled for June in the Caribbean and USA.