Afghanistan cricket board today announced Rashid Khan as new captain of T20 and Najibullah Zadran as vice-captain of national cricket team. Rashid Khan replaced his predecessor, Asghar Afghan, who is considered to be one of the most successful captains of Afghanistan national cricket team.
The statement released by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) reads that since Rashid Khan is one of the leading and successful cricketers in the world in particular when it comes to T20 cricket, he is considered as an ideal option to lead T20 squad.
Rashid Khan is handed over the leadership at a time when Afghanistan is preparing for T20 World Cup which is due to be staged in United Arab Emirate and Oman in upcoming October.
In a parallel move, ACB appointed Hashmat Shahidee and Rahmat Shah as captain and vice-captain respectively for the national squads of test and ODIs.
The reshuffle in captaincy of Afghanistan National Cricket Team has had mixed reactions soon after Asghar Afghan was replace by Hashmat Shahidee. Some considered it a positive step as opportunity is given to younger players and they are trust upon, on the other hand, others say that deposing a senior and successful captain will negatively affect the team’s performance.
Asghar Afghan led the national team for around five years in all three formats.