<strong>London: </strong>Former England middle-order batter Jonathan Trott will take over as Afghanistan cricket team's head coach from the tour of Ireland in August, after the country's board announced the appointment of the 41-year-old on Saturday. Trott, who played over 200 international matches for England including 52 Tests and 68 ODIs, worked as a batting coach for the senior England men's team on their tour of India in 2021. He was also a mentor and batting coach for the under-19 team. <p></p> <p></p>He was also a part of the England Lions' coaching contingent, which accompanied the Test side for the Ashes in Australia, serving as their batting consultant. <p></p> <p></p>"I'm honoured and excited to have the opportunity to take one of international cricket's most exciting teams through what is a huge year for their development as a team," Trott was quoted as saying by ICC. <p></p> <p></p>"I can't wait to get to work with a group of players who are clearly capable of generating results in a style that will make the people of Afghanistan proud." Afghanistan are set to tour Ireland for five T20Is in the second week of August. <p></p> <p></p>It may be recalled that former England assistant coach Graham Thorpe had been named as Afghanistan's head coach in March this year, replacing South African Lance Klusener. But within a month of taking up the assignment, Thorpe fell seriously ill.