Warwickshire opening batsman Andy Moles once faced firepower on the cricket field in a career that began with club side Moseley and stretched to 211 first-class matches, 13,316 runs, 22 centuries and a good collection of winners' medals, having been a key part of the Bears' treble-winning team in 1994. Now Solihull-born Moles faces other dangers as Afghanistan coach, trying to help the development of cricket in his adopted country. Afghanistan will play Canada in Edinburgh next month, looking to build on their decent performances at the Cricket World Cup down under by getting past 13 other hopeful nations to qualify for the next T20 World Cup.
On a trip back to his native Midlands, Moles, who also once coached Kenya, Scotland and New Zealand, told BBC Midlands Today's lan Winter what sets apart his current job, based in a hotel in Kabul, under the noses of the Taliban. "It is dangerous but I cut all risks to a minimum," he said. "I've got to the stage where I just don't go out of the hotel room. You do hear bombs exploding. Not every day. Once a week or so you hear a boom in the background. But the passion for the game here is every bit as keen in Kabul as it is anywhere in the world."