"For the last five days, I have been working with Afghanistan's U-19 side at the Greater Noida stadium. I am amazed at the level of talent and that's exactly what a coach wants. Some of these guys are at par with players of Ranji teams. With Inzamam (chief coach) alongside me, we will strike a fruitful coaching partnership and help these youngsters," Prabhakar told PTI today.
Prabhakar also informed that the proposed four-match limited overs series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will now take place in Dubai instead of Greater Noida.
The former all-rounder also thanked senior BCCI official and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla for helping him get a coaching job four years after he was unceremoniously dumped by the DDCA
after the 2010-11 ranji season.
"Today, I formally signed the deal with Afghanistan Cricket Board. While my home state DDCA never thought of using my services, I am happy that I am able to again come back to coaching. I would forever be grateful to Rajeev Shukla for his role in getting me the job," Prabhakar said.
The 52-year-old Prabhakar, known as one of the finest exponents of swing bowling, however, is sad that his knowledge and expertise was never used by men who mattered.
He also took the opportunity to thank former teammate Navjot Singh Sidhu, for giving him hope that all will be well.
"Among my former teammates, it was Sidhu, whom I will be indebted to for giving me encouragement and strength. When I used to get disappointed that I was not getting any coaching offers, Sidhu told me that 'Don't worry, your time will come'," said Prabhakar.

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