Rashid Khan named Afghanistan captain across all formats

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

After a dismal showing at the 2019 ICC World Cup, the Afghanistan cricket team has had another change in leadership with ace leg spinner Rashid Khan being appointed as captain across all three formats - Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

Under Naib's predecessor - Asghar Afghan - Afghanistan posted 31 wins in ODIs and they also registered 37 victories in 46 T20Is. The apex cricketing body, International Cricket Council tweeted about Rashid's and Afghan's appointment as team captain and vice-captain respectively.

By appointing Rashid as the skipper for all formats, the Cricket Board has put an end to split captaincy.

Under the leadership of Naib, Afghanistan returned with 0 points from nine games at the World Cup and finished bottom of the table.

This comes after Asghar Afghan, the former captain of the team was removed from the post on April 19 after the cricket board opted for split captaincy, with Gulbadin Naib for ODI, Rahmat Shah for the Test side, and Rashid Khan Arman for Twenty20 global matches.

During Afghanistan's stint at the World Cup, wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad was called back from the squad due to his injury.

Asghar Afghan was the captain of Afghanistan prior to the World Cup and his removal as the leader sparked criticism from various quarters.

Rashid, 20, had led Afghanistan during the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe a year ago - they lost three of those four games - when Asghar was unavailable.

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