Australian coach Peter Anderson has been named head of Afghanistan’s National Cricket Academy, the Afghan Cricket Board announced on Wednesday.

Anderson was the former Papua New Guinea National Coach and has signed a one year contract with Afghanistan. He will take up his role on 15 April.

The Afghan Cricket Board said Anderson was appointed to improve the technical skills of young cricketers.

“The 2014 Asia World Cup in Bangladesh showed our weaknesses. Now we want to train our young cricketers professionally and we elect Australian Peter Anderson. We want to have him for a long time,” said Noor Mohammad Murad, the Head of Cricket Board.

Anderson will train young cricketers selected from all provinces of the country and the Afghan coach, he said.

He said the cricket board will appoint very soon another well-known foreign coach for the next Asia World Cup.

He did not provide the name of the coach, but adding that he will improve the National Cricket Team.

Mr. Murad said the Cricket Board is in talks with the coach.

The National Cricket Team will face host Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup on Sunday.

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