Afghanistan cricket team gets a new captain. Rashid Khan, the leg spinner has been appointed as Afghanistan captain across all the three formats. Asghar Afghan is the new vice-captain. ICC shared the news on Twitter.
BREAKING: Rashid Khan has been appointed Afghanistan captain across formats! Asghar Afghan is vice-captain. pic.twitter.com/yKCfChR6a4
— ICC (@ICC) July 12, 2019
Afghanistan cricket board had made changed just before the World Cup. Gulbadin Naib was appointed as the ODI captain just before the World Cup. Rahmat Shah and Rashid Khan had been given the responsibilities of Test and Twenty 20 formats. Afghanistan had a disappointing World Cup campaign and they couldn’t manage to win a single match. But the way they fought all the teams especially India and Pakistan was appreciable.
The earlier decision of recruiting Naib as the captain for the World Cup came as a boomerang. The inexperienced captaincy was not paid off well. Rashid Khan although didn’t perform up to the mark the showpiece he is one of the best leg spinners in the limited format in world cricket now. Khan could scalp only wickets in the nine matches he played. He failed to fulfil the expectations as a player.
Now it seems that the Afghan board wants to invest in the young blood. The team is improving rapidly day by day and can give competition to any team in the world. They have some experience class players with young stars. The balanced team has all the potential to do well. The intention of having one captain across all the formats can be beneficial in the long run as well.
On the other hand former captain, Asghar Afghan has been appointed as Rashid’s deputy. He was released from captaincy before World Cup but kept on sharing tips to Gulbadin Naib in the tournament. His experience can add the much-needed balance to Rashid’s inexperienced captaincy. So it looks like that Afghanistan Cricket Board is interested to focus on the cricket more seriously now and hence such call.