CAPE TOWN – Former Proteas opener Herschelle Gibbs will continue with his promising coaching career in the Afghanistan T20 Premier League next month.
But fortunately for Gibbs, the tournament will take place in Sharjah this time.
Last season, Gibbs was coaching the Speenghar Tigers in the Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL) in Afghanistan, but after a bomb went off at one of the matches, he went back to South Africa.
Two other South Africans, Morné van Wyk and Cameron Delport, played in the match between Mis Ainak Knights and Boost Defenders when the bomb went off outside the Kabul International Stadium, and three people died.
They were also forced to return home after Cricket South Africa revoked their clearance certificates in the wake of the blast.
But with the new Afghanistan Premier League, all matches will take place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
“Another challenge awaits, this time in the apl t20 in Sharjah early October,” Gibbs posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
Gibbs, who is also the Kuwait national mentor, is set to coach a powerful Balkh Legends team, which includes Chris Gayle, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Irfan, Kamran Akmal, Ryan ten Doeschate and Colin Munro.
Delport, Wayne Parnell and Colin Ingram are three South African players listed among the five team squads.
The tournament starts on October 5 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Gibbs added on Twitter that he will also coach the Rajputs side in a T10 event in Dubai from November 23 to December 2.