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Lalchand Rajput to lead Afghan Cricket team

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KABUL:  Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput was appointed as the new coach of the Afghan cricket team, the cricket board announced Saturday.

“Mr. Rajput, who has coached the Indian Under-19 Cricket side as well as the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL, 54-year-old’s experience is a key asset for Afghanistan Cricket,” said Nasimullah Danish Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Rajput has played in two tests and four One Day International matches 1985 to 1987, Danish said, adding that he had a distinguished career as an opening batsman for Bombay, and at one time was considered one of the best openers in India after Sunil Gavaskar.

He was assigned the task as manager of Indian cricket team for a brief period. He has been actively involved in cricket administration over the past several years, including holding positions with the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

“Mr. Rajput is technically and professionally strong coach in cricket, i am sure his presence with Afghan national cricket team will benefit the team; he will be joining team in Scotland, Ireland and Netherland tour,” Danish said.