Gulbadin Naib replaced Asghar Afghan as the captain of Afghanistan for the upcoming edition of the World Cup starting from May 30 in England and Wales.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Friday announced to remove Afghan as captain from all three formats to bring young players at the helm following the team’s long term plan.
The 25-years-old Rahmat Shah has been appointed as the captain for Afghan’s Test team while their spin sensation Rashid Khan will be captaining Afghanistan in T20Is. “AFC has broad plans for the Afghan team. It was an ideal time to introducing our young captains when the World Cup is just around the corner,” said Azizullah Fazli, the ACB chairman.
Mr. chairman said that Afghan would remain the part of their team’s squad as a senior player as his presence can play an important role in building their young captains. “Obviously, Afghan is one of the experienced guys we have in our bunch so his presence will boost up the players as well as the young skippers,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that Afghan served as Afghanistan’s captain in all three formats for the last four years. He led the Afghans in 56 ODIs, 46 T20Is and two Test matches.