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Afghanistan has appointed a new coach for the men's strength and conditioning team

Nicholas Lee has extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach. Photo: Twitter

New Delhi: Afghanistan have appointed Nicholas Lee as the new strength and conditioning coach for the men’s cricket team. He is expected to join the squad on February 23 ahead of their upcoming all-format home series against Ireland.

Lee will succeed Jason Douglas, who was with the team from June 2014 to December 2023. Prior to joining Afghanistan, he was the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Head of Physical Performance, a role he held from March 2020.

Lee was also with the Sri Lanka men’s team as strength and conditioning coach from October 2016 to February 2020.

Prior to joining the international circuit, he was Head of Strength and Conditioning at English county club Sussex, Strength and Conditioning Coach at their academy from March 2012 to September 2016 and Interim Head of Science and Medicine.

The former right-handed batsman for Kent in the English county circuit has played 13 matches in his first-class career, scoring 490 runs at an average of 30.62, including three half-centuries.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) and is a Certified Coach II. levels of the England Cricket Board (ECB).

Afghanistan are currently touring Sri Lanka before hosting Ireland in the UAE for a one-off Test match from February 28 to March 3 in Abu Dhabi.

This will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is in Sharjah from March 7-18. The series would be a key indicator in their preparations for the T20 World Cup to be held in West Indies, USA from June 1-29.

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