Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been appointed the captain of the team across all formats of the sport, by the Afghanistan Cricket Board on Friday (July 12).
The 20-year-old replaced Gulbadin naib, who was named the captain ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 as a part of a new split-captaincy system. Rashid, who was already the skipper of the T20I squad will now be taking charge of the test team as well which was earlier headed by Rahmat Shah.
The Cricket Board further announced appointment of Asghar Afghan as the vice-captain of the team across all formats.
ACB Chairman @AzizullahFazli announced today that All-rounder @rashidkhan_19 has been appointed as team Afghanistan’s new captain across all three formats replacing @GbNaib while Asghar Afghan will serve as the Vice-captain.
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) July 12, 2019
Asghar had been the captain for tests, ODIs and T20Is before introduction of the split-captaincy system.
This is in accordance to the team’s performance this World Cup season, in which they lost all their nine-matches even after putting up a great competition throughout the tournament.
Afghanistan was the only team to end their journey with zero points on the table.
Though, skipper Naib was the team’s second highest wicket-taker, this loss was a contrast to Afghan’s success which gave the team a global name in the T20Is.
Rashid’s first encounter as a skipper will be a Test against Bangladesh in September, and a tri-series with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
West Indies tour of Afghanistan of three T20Is, three ODIs and a one-off test is also being lined-up.