Afghanistan top most coach Lance Klusener thinks that T20 cricket is Afghanistan’s power and wants them to advance their game to be better in upcoming year’s World T20 slated to be conducted in Australia.
Afghanistan, being on the eighth in the ICC T20I rankings, recently arrived from behind to bag the three-match series in rivalry to the West Indies in Lucknow.
“We had an amazing comeback in the T20 sequel (against West Indies). Afghanistan’s power is T20 cricket,” Klusener validated his plans in a tape posted by the Afghanistan Cricket Board. “Our challenge is always to bag enough runs.
“The talent is there, it is amazing, it is young, it is fresh, but many times in big games and against very nice opposition, it is about decision making, and that has moved us down quite a bit.”
Klusener in September replaced Phil Simmons as Afghanistan chief coach. Simmons’s 18-month stint with Afghanistan came to an end with their last-place end in the World Cup in England and Wales.
Since the beginning of 2017, Afghanistan has lost only one T20I sequel with two World T20s planned to be played in some years, the former South African all-rounder needs Afghanistan to take their to the next level and give the best performance.
Afghanistan is planned to have a 10-day camp in Dubai in January, and there, as per Klusener, the aim will be mainly on batting. He needs batsmen to build on their beginnings and also focus on partnerships of approximately 80 in the shortest format.
“And the non-negotiable for me is fielding.”
The 48-year-old is enthusiastic with the amount of talent Afghanistan has and thus is pinning huge hopes on them. “It is a wonderful family to be included in”. He is expecting the youngsters arriving up the ranks acquire from the experienced players and advance their skills in all the three departments of the game.