Mohammad Kaif In Contention To Become Afghanistan Head Coach
Former Indian cricketer, Mohammad Kaif, is in contention to become the next Head Coach of Afghanistan cricket team, a report in TOI suggests. If appointed, he will replace Lalchand Rajput in the job, whose contract was not renewed by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
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Kaif is currently an active player and this season again; he will lead Chattisgarh team in Ranji Trophy. He transferred his base to the state last season and played the role of captain cum mentor in Chattisgarh’s inaugural domestic season. He had performed the same role for Andhra Pradesh as well in the past.
He was also the Assistant coach of IPL franchise Gujarat Lions in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), and it can be said that he has gained coaching experience during his playing days itself.
Kaif has already committed himself to Chattisgarh for the upcoming season and is yet to announce his retirement from cricket. Hence, there are doubts whether he will take up the role or not. Though, there can be a case when he might bid adieu to the game after Ranji Trophy 2017/18 and then take up the role.
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All the doubts will be clear when Kaif will table a meeting with the Shukrullah Atif Mashal – ACB Chairman – and Shafiiqullah Stanikzai – ACB CEO. Only then it will be clear whether he will continue his playing career or will leave the game to pursue a career in coaching. The chances of Kaif playing for Chhattisgarh in Ranji Trophy are quite high.
Kaif, who last played for India in the year 2006, played a total of 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India. He was the first India U19 captain to win the junior World Cup, a feat which was emulated by Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand later in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
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