Srinagar, 6 July: Spin wizard Rashid Khan has been named as Afghanistan cricket teams new T20 skipper.
While Rashid was named as captain of the team by Afghanistan Cricket Board, Najibullah Zadran was named his deputy.
Rashid ACB leadership led by chairman Farhan Yousefzai with respect to his experience, brilliant performances and leadership skills with the national team over the years.
Rashid Khan is currently the number two ranked bowler in the ICC T20I Rankings, 31 points behind table-topper South Africa spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Meanwhile Rashid Khan has thanked ACB for putting trust on him and giving him chance to lead his Country.
“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 Tweeted.
Earlier this year, ACB members had approved the proposition to go ahead with split-captaincy for the national team.
The board also effectively removed Asghar Afghan as skipper of the men’s national team.
“As per the decision, left-hander Hashmatullah Shahidi is appointed the new ODI and Test captain of the national team while Rahmat Shah will serve as the vice-captain for both formats,” the ACB had said in an official release.
Afghanistan is placed in Group B for the T20 World Cup 2021 alongside England, India, and South Africa while the remaining two teams will be chosen from the Qualifiers.