Niall O'Brien has been appointed batting coach for Kandahar Knights in the upcoming Afghanistan T20 Premier League.

The Irish international will have company in the form of Paul Stirling at the franchise for the tournament which gets under way in the UAE next month.

The 37 year-old was delighted at the  short-term appointment.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to work within such an exciting tournament.

"Hopefully this experience will stand me in good stead for the future."

Kandahar Knights tweeted about the appointment.

"Great news as we bring on board the energetic and multi talented @niallnobiobrien as our batting coach.

"We look forward to his hard work and dedication to the teams cause as we embark on a great journey together."