The Afghanistan Cricket Board has snapped up the services of former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson for the Under 19 Afghanistan Cricket Team, as a consultant for the team as it looks ahead to the Under 19 Cricket World Cup that is to be held later in the year Down Under in Australia.
Lawson, who coached the Pakistan Cricket Team for around a couple of years, will join the Afghan team when they reach Australia three weeks before the tournament kicks off in August. According to an official of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, they had approached the Australian for the post of consultant and he has agreed to take over the role of consultant for the young side.
The official also added that any input that the youngsters from the Under 19 Afghanistan Cricket Team manage to get from Lawson will be useful due to his vast knowledge of the game. The biggest advantage from the appointment will, however, be from the fact that they will learn a lot about the conditions as Lawson is a local Australian and he knows the conditions better than most people.
He also went on to add that there has been discussions in the Board meetings to hand him the role on a permanent basis or even hand over the reins of the national side if he shows some kind of interest, but the general feeling is that Lawson will not take the risk of travelling down to the war torn country on a regular basis after his experience with Pakistan.
Regardless of the matter, the Afghanistan Cricket Board is also looking to appoint David Dwyer as the trainer of the senior Afghanistan Cricket Team. Dwyer was the former trainer of the Pakistan team as well as the national rugby team of Fiji since 2010.