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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones named interim Afghanistan head coach

Jones will take charge of the side for their Intercontinental Cup fixture in Hong Kong

Dean Jones was the head coach of Islamabad United during the 2016 Pakistan Super League, leading the team to win the inaugural tournament. Aamir Qureshi / AFP
Dean Jones was the head coach of Islamabad United during the 2016 Pakistan Super League, leading the team to win the inaugural tournament. Aamir Qureshi / AFP

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones is to take over the role of Afghanistan's head coach on an interim basis and lead the team in their Intercontinental Cup fixture in Hong Kong later this month, the country's cricket board has announced.

Afghanistan were granted Test status in June by the International Cricket Council, putting them in an elite group of 12 sides permitted to compete in the longest form of the game.

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Afghanistan did not renew their contract with former India cricketer Lalchand Rajput and have been without a head coach since August.

"I am pleased to announce that I will be Afghanistan interim head coach for their tour to Hong Kong," Jones, 56, said on his Twitter account.

The side will play against Hong Kong from October 20 in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which is a first-class tournament played between the Associate members.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board said the arrangement with Jones could be extended.

"Both sides will consider a long-term coaching agreement after the tour of Hong Kong," the board said in a statement.

Jones spent a successful spell as head coach of Pakistan Super League franchise Islamabad United in 2016, leading the team to the title in the tournament's inaugural year.