New Delhi. Former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait has become the bowling coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Team. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) gave this information. He will take over his responsibility from the ODI series against Pakistan next month. This is the first time that Tait will be seen playing the role of a coach in international cricket. He played for Australia for 12 years.
Tait is counted among the fastest bowlers in the world. He bowled the second fastest delivery in ODIs against England in 2010 at a speed of 161.1 kmph. Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan is at number one in the list of fastest bowlers. He is the first bowler to bowl at the speed of 100 mph. He bowled the fastest ball in the 2003 World Cup.
Tait played 21 T20s for Australia. A special record is recorded in his name in this format. He is the bowler to bowl the most medon overs in a single T20. He bowled 2 out of 4 maidens in T20 against Bangladesh in 2010 and took 1 wicket for 15 runs.
Tait is counted among the fastest bowlers in the world
Tait was a member of the Australian team that won the World Cup in 2007. Then he made a significant contribution in making the team world champion for the third time in a row by taking 23 wickets in 11 matches. He could play only 3 Tests for Australia. In this he took 5 wickets. This fast bowler took 62 wickets in 35 ODIs and 28 wickets in 21 T20s. He has 198 wickets in his name in first class cricket.
Tate retired 4 years ago due to an elbow injury
Tait turned to coaching after retiring from international cricket in 2017 due to an elbow injury. Tait is Cricket Australia’s Level-II certified coach and has served as a bowling coach for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL). He has also served as the bowling coach for the Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. He is also included in Durham’s coaching team in this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup.
Tait’s appointment comes just ahead of the 3 ODI series against Pakistan next month. This series will be played in Sri Lanka and will be part of the World Cup Super League. Afghanistan will take part in the ICC T20 World Cup in October-November this year. They are placed in Group-2 along with India, Pakistan, New Zealand and the two teams coming from the qualifying tournament.