Former South Africa allrounder Lance Klusener has been appointed as new head coach of Afghanistan, the country's cricket board announced on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>Klusener, who played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for the Proteas between 1996 and 2004, takes over from former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons who left after the World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>"I am extremely excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket," said Klusener, whose coaching credits include a recent stint as assistant batting coach for the South Africa T20 team in India. Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world. <p></p> <p></p>"I am really looking forward to working with the Afghanistan team and helping them take their cricket to the next level." <p></p> <p></p>Klusener will start with the series of one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is against West Indies at 'home' in November-December. <p></p> <p></p> Lance Klusener is a renowned name in the cricketing world. It will be great to see our players benefit from his vast experience both as a player and a coach. CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board Lutfullah Stanikzai said on Friday.