ACB appoints Mewada as Afghanistan’s new batting coach

Former first-class cricketer, Milap Mewada has been appointed as the national team’s new batting coach, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced Saturday.

The ACB said in a statement that Mewada has been offered a full-time contract “after careful consideration of his recent stint with the Afghanistan squad during the recent training camp in Abu Dhabi and the Bangladesh tour in July.”

The announcement comes ahead of major tournaments over the next few months which includes the series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka from August 22 and the Asia Cup and the World Cup.

Mewada worked with the Afghanistan team for a few weeks and was in Abu Dhabi for a camp with the T20I players before joining the team in Bangladesh last month for the three-match series.

On Saturday, ACB said Mewada has already joined the squad in Sri Lanka ahead of the Afghanistan vs Pakistan three-match ODI Series.

Mewada played for Baroda and the West Zone teams from 1996 to 2005, appearing in 11 FC and 26 List A games; 79 dismissals have been recorded by the wicket-keeper batter over the course of his playing career.

He has also served as the Head Coach of the Men’s Senior State Teams for the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh, and Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association, respectively.

He was part of the coaching setup with the VVS Sporting Academy and the Baroda Cricket Associations and has a total of 32 years of combined playing and multi-dimensional cricket coaching experience.