Rashid Khan, the 20-year-old leg spinner, has been named captain of Afghanistan for all three formats, reported the Cricket Council of Afghanistan on Friday, July 12.
Rashid replaces Gulbadin Naib, who was named captain of the ODI team, as part of a new split captaincy system, shortly before the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019. Rahmat Shah was given the test leader cloak while Rashid was already in charge the T20I team. However, the appointment of Rashid means that Rahmat admits the leader of the Test before he officially led the team in a competition.
The ACB also announced that Asghar Afghan, who had been the leader in all three formats prior to the introduction of the split captaincy, will serve as Rashid's deputy.
The latest leadership revision comes after a forcible World Cup campaign for Afghanistan. The party led by Naib lost all their nine games in the tournament. They came close to beating India and Pakistan, but eventually fell short and ended their campaign with zero points.
Naib's own struggle was an example of his team's campaign. Although he was the second highest wicket taker in the team, Naib's nine heads reached 46.66 each, and his 65.4 overrun cost 420 runs – the highest for any bowler on his side.
Naib's winless World Cup campaign was in stark contrast to the success of its predecessor Afghan, among whom Afghanistan became a hugely successful T20I party. Afghan also led the team through their memorable campaign during last year's 50-over Asia Cup, where they raised profits over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, came close to beat Pakistan, and tied India.
Afghan was also at the helm when Afghanistan achieved its first test win earlier this year against Ireland in Dehradun. Despite that performance and his experience as a leader and player, Afghan eventually played in only six of the nine games in Afghanistan under Naib during the World Cup.
Rashid & # 39; s first assignment as captain of Afghanistan will be a one-off test against Bangladesh in September, followed by a tri-series with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Afghanistan will then receive the West Indies for a full tour, consisting of three T20Is, three ODIs and a one-time test.
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