ACB appoints Ryan Maron as its National Feild Coach

Ryan Maron from South Africa will return to Afghanistan for a six-month stint as a fielding coach after previously working with the national side in 2015 and 2017. Subject to performance, the contract may be prolonged.

Maron, 47, will serve as Afghanistan’s fielding coach once more. Maron played first-class cricket for Western Province in South Africa before pursuing a coaching career. The 47-year-old former left-handed opener played 18 first-class games for Western Province before deciding to become a coach.

Former Pakistani seamer Umar Gul, who was recently named the bowling coach for Afghanistan, will collaborate with Maron.At the moment, Afghanistan’s permanent head coach is vacant. The position has been temporarily filled by Raees Khan Ahmadzai.

Maron will tour with the Afghan squad to the United Arab Emirates to coach and instruct the Afghan fielders, stated to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). He is also anticipated to travel with the Afghan team to the West Indies. Maron has coached in the UK, Netherlands, and Denmark and is a certified Cricket South Africa Level III coach.

Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad, chief executive officer of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), praised Maron’s appointment as fielding coach for the Afghan national team. Dr. Murad said, “the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is hopeful that the appointment of Ryan Maron will further help the Afghan team to develop their fielding skills.”

In the previous two months, Afghanistan has hired a total of two senior positions. Umar Gul, a fast bowler for Pakistan, has been appointed as their bowling coach through December 2022. Afghanistan played three ODIs and three T20Is against Zimbabwe without Thorpe. won with Nawroz Khan Mangal serving as the batting coach and Ahmadzai serving as the interim head coach.

In the first week of August, the squad will tour Ireland for five Twenty20 Internationals. Three ODIs and one Test were originally planned for the visit, however, the schedule has now been changed to take into account the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia in October. The team will also compete in the T20 World Cup and the Colombo Asia Cup this year. A three-match ODI series against Pakistan is also scheduled, but it will likely be played somewhere neutral because Afghanistan is currently not a feasible location for international cricket visits.

Together, Maron and Rhodes, who established The Jonty Rhodes Way (TJRW) and the Cricket School of Excellence, respectively, in South Africa, have run high performance initiatives in Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. In the coming year, Ryan Maron’s Cricket School of Excellence and Australian Aid will collaborate to organize development clinics for aspiring cricketers in the Khayelitsha township.

Graham Thorpe, a former England batsman who was designated Afghanistan’s head coach earlier this year but is now ill and unlikely to return to the position soon, is effectively being replaced by Ahmadzai. Former fielding coach for the West Indies and Hollywoodbets Dolphins, among other teams, Ryan Maron was once coached by Proteas great Jonty Rhodes.

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