Former South Africa cricketer turned commentator Hylton Deon Ackerman was appointed Afghanistan’s batting coach on Wednesday.

His tenure begins with the threematch T20I series against Ireland in March.

Ackerman played four Tests for South Africa, all in 1998, and scored 161 runs from eight innings. He has impressive numbers as a firstclass cricketer, with 14,625 runs at an average of 43.65 with 40 hundreds and a high score of 309 not out.

The coaching staff is headed by his former international teammate Lance Klusener, who was appointed in September last year, a few months after Afghanistan’s winless campaign at the Cricket World Cup 2019.

Afghanistan’s last international assignment was against West Indies in NovemberDecember.

They won the T20I series 21 but were swept in the threematch ODI series and beaten comprehensively in the oneoff Test in Lucknow.