Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has named ace spinner Rashid Khan as the captain of the Afghanistan Men’s T20I team. He will be replacing veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi who stepped down from the role following Afghanistan’s campaign in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. It has been reported that the chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board Mirwais Ashraf offered Rashid to take over the captaincy role and after discussions with him, ACB has now finally announced him as the captain for the shortest format of the game.

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Rashid has previously led his country for a brief stint from September to November 2019. His tenure included 7 T20I matches out of which Afghanistan won 4 and it also included a series win over the mighty West Indies team. The board has been keen on giving Rashid the captaincy in the last two years or so. Last year in June, Rashid declined the offer of being the T20I skipper, fearing it would affect his performance as a player. Despite that in July 2021, ACB named him as the captain of the team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup last October. However, a month before the mega event began, the T20 globetrotter decided to resign from his position, stating the selection committee and ACB had not obtained his consent in selecting the team, and Nabi took over the captaincy.

Rashid Khan Reacts to the News

Rashid Khan Reappointed as Afghanistan's T20I Captain
Rashid Khan Reappointed as Afghanistan’s T20I Captain

“Captaincy is a huge responsibility. I have the experience of leading my country before, there is a great bunch of guys with whom I have a good understanding and feel pretty comfortable. We will try to stick together, will work hard to put things on the right track, and bring pride and joy to our country and nation,” said Rashid Khan

Rashid’s first assignment as a T20I skipper will be Afghanistan’s tour of UAE in February where they will play three-match T20I series. ACB Chairman Mirwais Ashraf said Rashid’s abundant experience in T20Is will help the team. He also expressed his happiness at the reappointment of Rashid as their T20I skipper.

“Rashid Khan has the experience of leading Afghanistan in all three formats before and we are happy to have him as our skipper for the T20I format again. I am sure he will come out on top and will bring more glories to the nation,” said ACB Chairman Mirwais Ashraf.      

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