Shaun Tait is appointed as Afghanistan’s bowling coach today, and will be training them for a period of 5 months.
He is Australia’s former fast bowler. And was a part of the Australian squad that won in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, picking 23 wickets in the tournament.
Moreover he was also a part of the Australian squad which ended second in the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup.
So far Tait appeared in 35 ODIs, 21 T20Is, and 3 Tests for Australia taking 62, 28, and five wickets in each format respectively.
Previously he has coached various domestic and some international franchise teams including Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash League.
Further the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said during a statement,
“During his prime, Tait was one among history’s fastest bowlers clocking extreme pace of 160 kph,”
Shaun was also named as ‘The Wild Thing’ as he terrorized batsmen with his bowling action.
During this five months he will be training them for three-match ODI series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka, scheduled next month.
Later Afghanistan cricket will play in the T20 WC and is included in the Group 2.
After this in November, Afghanistan will play a one-off Test against the home team, reportedly in Australia’s Hobart.
Tait last played for Australia in 2016 representing Hobart Hurricanes for a solitary match in Big Bash League 2016-17.
Afterwards he announced his retirement from international cricket in 2017.
It will be very interesting to see how he Tait works with the Afghanistan players namely, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Qais Ahmed.
And will be working alongside head coach Lance Klusener.
Shaun Tait says,
“Everyone talks about Afghanistan’s spinners, so one among the specifics of my role is to urge people talking more about their fast bowlers.”
“There is some improvement to be done and hopefully, I can add that side of the things.”