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Khan quits Afghanistan post

Former Pakistan bowler Kabir Khan as quit his role as coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team.

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Kabir led the country to the first ICC Cricket World Cup in their history in October 2013, but will not be around to coach his side through the 2015 showpiece in Australia and New Zealand.

The 40-year-old attributed his departure to the strain it placed on his family, bringing an end to his second stint in the position.

"I have resigned from the coach's post," he is widely quoted as saying. "The simple reason is that my family was suffering from my being away on tours and I was not enjoying coaching.

"I think qualifying for the World Cup was more important than playing it so I don't think my not being there will affect the performance."

Kabir's first tenure as Afghanistan coach came to an end in 2010 when he cited interference from the country's cricket board, but insisted it was not a factor this time around.

"No, there was no interference," he added. "When you don't enjoy your work it's not advisable to continue and let another man do the job because Afghanistan are going to play in an important event.

"I had informed them [Afghanistan Cricket Board] a month ago but we reached the agreement a few days back and they accepted my stance."

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