Afghanistan appointed him batting coach, once involved in corruption charges

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has appointed former Sri Lankan batsman Avishka Gunawardena as the batting coach of the one-day series against Pakistan from September 1-5. Gunawardena will replace former South African batsman Hilton Dion Ackerman. This is their first major post since the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) cleared corruption allegations of violations of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) Code of Conduct at the 2017 T10 tournament in the UAE. He has previously served as the batting coach of the Sri Lankan team and was also the coach of the Sri Lanka A and Emerging teams.

ACB recently signed former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait as the bowling coach of the men’s team. Tait and Gunawardena are expected to join the team directly in Sri Lanka. Only during the series against Pakistan have it been known that they are in charge of healing. After that, the ACB is expected to make a decision on the extension of its contract.

Meanwhile, ACB chief executive Hamid Shinwari said in a statement that he was confident that the Taliban would take over in Afghanistan but would not affect cricket. He said the ACB office has been resumed. The Afghan national camp, which was operating before the Taliban took power in the country, is understood to be reopening soon.

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Afghanistan recently organized two skill-development camps every two weeks. A top official of the ACB hopes everything will be alright in the coming days and, as he visits Afghanistan, the Kabul airport is closed after the Taliban takeover of Kabul.

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