Mohammad Kaif is one of the candidates for Afghanistan coach © AFP
Mohammad Kaif is one of the candidates for Afghanistan coach © AFP

As Lalchand Rajput’s tenure comes to an end, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) are eager to find the cricketers a suitable new head coach. Reports suggest ACB is keen to appoint Mohammad Kaif for the duty. Kaif, who has represented India in 13 Tests and 125 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), is currently associated with the Chhattisgarh team as captain as well as mentor. Reports also mention ACB have already approached Kaif with the offer for the job. Rashid Khan: Lifting World Cup with Afghanistan is my ultimate goal

However, ACB insiders have rubbished such claims. As written by Sportstar, a board official has revealed, “There is nothing yet. He is one of the candidates.” Kaif, who played his last international match back in 2006, never officially retired as a player. If he is finally selected by ACB, he will have to make an official announcement. Again, him parting ways with Chhattisgarh team will be a huge blow for the latter. In the his most recent appearance for Chhattisgarh, he scored an unbeaten 49 against Goa on Saturday. Kaif serves as not only the coach cum captain but also the most experienced batsman of the side.

Apart from his roles for Chhattisgarh, Kaif has also served as the fielding coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Gujarat Lions (GL). Given there is not much time left for the ICC World Cup 2019 qualifiers, ACB will surely take a call soon to get their support staff sorted. It is now a matter of time to see if the board opt for Kaif or not.