South African-born former England batsman Jonathan Trott has been appointed as the new head coach of Afghanistan, the country’s cricket board (ACB) announced on Friday.
Trott will step up into the role of head coach during Afghanistan’s tour to Ireland in August, ACB said in a statement.
His appointment comes after Graham Thorpe who was appointed for the same post in March could not return to work due to illness.
Jonathan Trott has played 52 test matches for England from 2009-2015, scoring 3835 runs at 44.08 with 9 centuries and 19 half-centuries to his name with the best of 226. He has also represented England in 68 One Day Internationals (ODIs) during the period, having scored 2838 runs at 51.25 with 4 hundred and 22 half-centuries to his name in the format.
Trott has worked with England’s senior batting unit in South Africa, during the English Test Summer of 2020 and on England’s red/white ball tour of India last year. He’s also worked with England Lions and the U-19s as a batting coach and mentor, as well as being Batting Consultant to Scotland during the 2021 WT20.
“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to take one of international cricket’s most exciting teams through what is a huge year for their development as a team,” Trott said.
Afghanistan cricket team will fly to Ireland early in August, where the team will feature in five T20Is starting on August 9.