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Afghan rope to former England hitter Graham Thorpe as head coach

In a recent development, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has appointed Graham Thorpe as head coach of the national team. Other names vying for the job included former Pakistani players like Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Mahmood, but Thorpe ended up being selected for the role.

In a new sequence of events, Afghanistan has named Graham Thorpe as head coach of the national team. Thorpe was one of the members to be sacked from the England coaching staff after their below-average Ashes campaign in Australia. Thorpe has the experience of playing for England in 100 Tests from 1993-2005 and plundered 6744 runs at 44.66 with 16 centuries. He also represented England in 82 ODIs scoring 2380 runs with 21 half-centuries.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board announced the decision to appoint Thorpe as head coach through a press release.

“The ACB had initiated the recruitment process for the hiring of a new head coach, whereby Graham Thorpe was selected as the best available candidate for the position,” the statement read.

Other names in contention included Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Mahmood, but the former England cricketer was awarded the contract. Thorpe caused controversy during an early morning drinking session with several England and Australian cricketers during Ashes. He was seen smoking a cigar in an indoor space in violation of a law.

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