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Avishka Gunawardene, Cleared of Corruption Charges in May, Named Afghanistan Batting Coach

Avishka Gunawardena. has been named Afghanistan batting coach.

Avishka Gunawardena. has been named Afghanistan batting coach.

Earlier, former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was appointed Afghanistan national team's bowling coach.

The Afghanistan team will have a new batting coach in former Sri Lanka player Avishka Gunawardene, the strife-torn country’s cricket board announced on Tuesday amid fresh turmoil at home following the takeover by Taliban.

In an international career spanning almost a decade, Gunawardene represented Sri Lanka in 6 Tests and 61 ODIs.

While he totalled only 181 runs in Test cricket, Gunawardene made 1708 runs in the ODI format with a century.

The International Cricket Council in May said an independent tribunal cleared Gunawardene of two corruption charges, which allowed him to take part in cricket-related activities.

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Afghanistan is next scheduled to play 3 ODIs against Pakistan in Sri Lanka next month.

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Earlier, former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was appointed Afghanistan national team’s bowling coach.

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first published:August 18, 2021, 09:07 IST