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Klusener on quirks of coaching Afghans: 'They learn the game on tape ball, street cricket'

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Lance Klusener. (Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
Lance Klusener. (Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Lance Klusener wears a Pakol, a traditional Afghan hat worn by men, that makes him look like an arts professor.

It's a fitting look, considering how much teaching he's had to do in his role as Afghanistan head coach since assuming the post in 2019.

Because most Afghanistan players learn their formative skills playing street cricket using tennis balls or makeshift tape balls, they arrive at the international stage lacking some of the basic skills needed to compete at that level.

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