Current Afghanistan head coach Lance Klusener has been appointed as team director of the Abu Dhabi T10 League franchise, Bangla Tigers.
The Bangla Tigers, who played their first season of the T10 League last year, had an incredible run as they finished third. Chairman of the franchise, Mohammad Yeasin Chowdhury, was quoted by the Bangla Tigers official website as saying, “Bangla Tigers is working on to make the team one of strongest in the tournament and for this reason Lance Klusener has been added to the team management. I think his cricketing career along with his experience and knowledge will lead the team in the right direction.”
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Nicknamed ‘Zulu’ due to his fluency in the Zulu language, the former Proteas all rounder was a hard hitter of the cricket ball and could bowl at good pace at his peak. After retiring from International Cricket in 2004, with 3,576 runs and 192 wickets in 171 ODIs, and 1,906 runs and 80 wickets in 49 Test matches, having made his International debut against England in an ODI series in 1996, Klusener completed a Level-3 coaching course provided by Cricket South Africa following his retirement. In 2016, he was roped in as the batting coach for the Zimbabwe national team.
In July 2019, Klusener was appointed as the head coach of the Glasgow Giants for the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam before being named head coach of Afghanistan in September last year.
In the last year’s edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, along with national team players, Anamul Haque, Abu Haider Rony, Farhad Reza, Junaid Siddique, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mahedi Hasan and Arafat Sunny, there were ten foreign players in Tigers line-up. Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Lian Plunket, Tom Moores (England), Hasan Ali (Pakistan), Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand), Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Rilee Rossouw, Robbie Frylinck (South Africa), and James Faulkner (Australia) have featured for the Tigers.