Rashid Khan becomes Afghanistan’s T20I skipper

As per the ANI news,  Afghanistan’s all-rounder Rashid Khan on Tuesday was appointed as the T20I captain. An official of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) stated, “Najibullah Zadran has been appointed the national team’s vice-captain for the T20I format.” Rashid Khan was selected for this role by Farhan Yousefzai, who is the ACB chairman, considering his experience and brilliant performances as well as leadership skills with the national team over the years.

He is currently the number two ranked bowler in the ICC T20I Rankings. Rashid is 31 points behind South-African spinner Tabraiz Shamshi. Afghanistan is placed in Group B for the T20 World Cup 2021 held in UAE and Oman. They will face England, India and South Africa as they are in the same group. A few months back, ACB members had approved the proposition to go ahead with split-captaincy for the national team. The board also removed Asghar Afghan as skipper of the men’s national team.

According to ANI, the ACB had stated in an official release, “As per the decision, left-hander Hashmatullah Shahidi is appointed the new ODI and Test captain of the national team while Rahmat Shah will serve as the vice-captain for ODI and Test formats.”

The ICC T20 World Cup is set to begin from October 17 in UAE and Oman.

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