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Ahmadzai replaces Moles as director of Afghanistan cricket

24 Aug 2020 CricBuzz

Raiees Ahmadzai, the former Afghanistan captain, has been appointed as the director of cricket replacing Andy Moles who served as both director of cricket and chief selector. Ahmadzai played five ODIs and eight T20Is for Afghanistan, and following his retirement he has served in several coaching capacities, including as the head coach of the Afghanistan U-19 team.

"The purpose of the appointment is to strengthen the technical aspect of the game for the national level team, build the capacity of players and to devise and implement plans and policies for the training and development of players. Mr. Ahmadzai is an experienced national coach who has previously served at various technical positions in ACB including his assignment as the head coach for Afghanistan U19 team," the ACB said in a statement.

''I am informed about the development [ my removal],'' Moles told Cricbuzz. The former Warwickshire cricketer was appointed as director of cricket and chief selector in October last year, having previously worked as the coach of the side from 2014 to 2015. He was also the interim head coach when Phil Simmons stepped down after the 2019 World Cup.

In April this year, the 59-year-old Moles had to undergo an emergency surgery in Cape Town to amputate his left leg below the knee after a specialist noted that it could lead to septicaemia. He had been in touch with the national team remotely monitoring their training process.

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