Asghar-StanikzaiAfghan cricketer Asghar Stanikzai formally assumed the charge of the Afghan national cricket team after he has was appointed as the new captain  to replace Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials told reporters on Thursday that the ACB appointed Stannikzai as the new captain considering his experience with the national team.

The 28-year-old Stanikzai is a right-handed batsman and a medium-fast bowler who has been playing with the national team since 2009 in One Day International (ODI) format. Stanikzai made his debut in Twenty20 format in February 2010.

Mohammad Nabi on Sunday announced to step down as the captain of the Afghanistan national cricket team and said the decision was due to the recent performance of the team and particularly his out of form status.

In his resignation letter to the ACB, Nabi said “I would like to request you to accept my resignation as a captain and allow me to continue to play as a team player. I will sincerely provide and share my captaincy experience with the new captain.”

“At the end, I would like to thank ACB, my colleagues and fans inside and outside Afghanistan who supported me all the time,” Nabi added.

In the meantime, ACB officials said Nabi will continue to play with the national team as a key player in the upcoming matches.