Rashid Khan has been selected the captain of Afghanistan cricket team in all three formats. Former skipper Asghar Afghan is going to be his deputy, the Afghanistan Cricket Board declared on Friday.
Rashid Khan is going to succeed Gulbadin Naib, who had led Afghanistan in their World Cup 2019 campaign.
The ACB had eliminated Asghar Afghan from the captain’s post just three months before the World Cup and chosen Gulbadin in his place, a move that was met with numerous complaints and backlash from fans and the Afghan players.
Gulbadin Naib had himself claimed that Asghar Afghan would always be his captain while Rashid and senior player Mohammad Nabi also voiced their distress with the appointment.
However, the ACB is moving in a completely new direction and have chosen to hand over the reins to young Rashid with Asghar Afghan as the vice-captain. Rashid was already the captain of the T20I team while Rahmat Shah was the Test captain.
However, the cricket board has made the decision to go with one skipper for all formats.
Afghanistan had a disappointing campaign in the World Cup, losing all nine league matches and completed in the last place. Naib led the team in a total of 12 ODI matches in which he managed to win two games and lost 10.
Asghar Afghan, on the other hand, had led the team in 56 ODIs and won 36 of them while losing just 21. They had also managed to tie a game against India in the Asia Cup last year.
Rashid in the meantime has led the team in 4 ODIs until now, winning one and losing 3.
Rashid’s first assignment as full-time skipper is going to be a one-off Test against Bangladesh in September before a full home series against West Indies – including three T20Is, three ODIs, and a one-off Test – in India between November 5 and December 1.