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Dean Jones Getty Images

Australia‘s former cricketer and coach of Islamabad United in PSL, Dean Jones, has been roped in as Afghanistan‘s interim coach for their upcoming Intercontinental Cup in Hong Kong from October 23. Jones announced about the new development on his official twitter handle:

Jones will be replacing Mumbai’s coach Lalchand Rajput as Afghanistan’s coach. Under Rajput, the team had good success and were even granted the coveted Test status earlier in the year. Nonetheless, there was no extension of contract for Rajput; resulting in his ouster. Jones will be filling up for him, and will look forward for a healthy run.

Afghanistan had hosted Ireland in their adopted home turf, Greater Noida in March, and won both T20Is and ODIs. They even defeated two-time WT20 champions West Indies in 2016’s World Cup. Their rise in world cricket has been emphatic and will look to achieve more under the reins of Jones.

Jones, a former top order batsman, represented Australia in 52 Tests and 164 ODIs. He has 60 fifties and 18 hundreds under his belt.