The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Tuesday appointed Rashid Khan as the T20 captain of Afghanistan cricket team, keeping in mind the shortest format World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 17 to November 14.
Left-arm batsman Najibullah Zadran will be Rashid Khan’s assistant. He has been playing for Afghanistan at the international level since 2012.
Afghanistan, along with England, India and South Africa, has been placed in Group B of the T20 World Cup 2021. The other two teams will be selected from the qualifying round. The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup will be played in the UAE and Oman this October.
“Rashid, one of the well-known global faces of the game, was selected by senior ACB leadership led by ACB Chairman Farhan Yousefzai, for the role considering his experience, brilliant performance as well as leadership skills with the National team over the years,” said Afghanistan Cricket Board.
All-rounder @rashidkhan_19 has been appointed the T20I captain & @iamnajibzadran as V-captain. Rashid, one of the well-known global faces of the game, was selected by senior ACB leadership led by ACB Chairman @Farhan_YusEfzai— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) July 6, 2021
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Rashid Khan is one of the well-known faces in the world of cricket. He is a star leg spinner in the Afghanistan team. He is currently ranked second in the ICC T20 International bowlers’ rankings and 5th in the ODI International allrounder rankings.
Rashid Khan (new T20 captain of Afghanistan cricket team) made his debut against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2015 at the age of 17. The 22-year-old cricketer has played 51 Twenty20 internationals for Afghanistan and has taken more than 90 wickets at an average of 12.63 and an economy rate of 6.21.
Rashid has captained Afghanistan in T20 and ODIs. After the 2019 World Cup, Gulbadin Naib was removed and he was appointed as the all-format captain of Afghanistan.
later, Asghar Afghan was named the team’s new captain in December after Afghanistan lost to the West Indies in the Test and ODI series led by Rashid Khan.
Interestingly, Rashid had earlier rejected Afghanistan’s captaincy, saying he believed he was more valuable as a player than a leader.
Earlier this year, Rashid was appointed as the vice-captain of the T20 team, while Hashmatullah Shahidi was appointed as the new Test and ODI captain and Rahmat Shah as his deputy assistant.
However, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has brought Rashid Khan back as the captain of the T20 team on 06 July.
“I’m a great believer that a captain is as good as his team. It is Afghanistan that gave me the name RASHID KHAN & it is my duty now to serve my country & my team. Thank you @ACBofficials for the trust & believing in me. It is a dream journey & my fans support will be the key.” Rashid Tweeted
I’m a great believer that a captain is as good as his team. It is Afghanistan 🇦🇫 that gave me the name RASHID KHAN & it is my duty now to serve my country & my team. Thank you @ACBofficials for the trust & believing in me. It is a dream journey & my fans support will be the key.— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) July 6, 2021