Kaif ‘one of the candidates’ for Afghanistan job

Kaif, who is presently the captain-cum-mentor of Chhattisgarh, played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India.

Mohammed Kaif was the fielding coach of the Gujarat Lions in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).   -  AKHILESH KUMAR

Ever since Afghanistan parted ways with Lalchand Rajput as the coach of the national team, there were speculations on who would take over as his successor.

While quite a few names were doing the rounds, there was a buzz that former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif is also one of the frontrunners for the job. But top officials of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed to Sportstar on Thursday that no decision has been taken yet. Ruling out claims that Kaif has already been offered a position, the official said, “There is nothing yet. He is one of the candidates.”

Kaif, who is presently the captain-cum-mentor of Chhattisgarh, played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India.

If the 36-year-old is finally given an offer, it would mean he will have to announce his retirement from international cricket. Even though he features in the Ranji Trophy, Kaif was the fielding coach of the Gujarat Lions in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sources, however, claimed that a decision could be expected in a few days. While Kaif remained unavailable for a comment, it would be interesting to see whether the ACB actually names another Indian as its coach.