Rashid Khan named Afghanistan’s T20 captain | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan was named the new Afghan captain in T20I on Thursday. The 24-year-old replaces veteran Mohammad Nabi, who resigned after 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
This will be Rashid’s second stint as captain. The spinner had resigned earlier after the announcement of the Afghan squad for the 2021 World Cup last year, saying the selection committee did not get his consent for the squad.
Rashid’s first assignment as captain will be a three-game T20 series against the United Arab Emirates in February.
“Rashid Khan is a huge name in Afghan cricket. He has colossal experience playing the format across the globe which will help him take the team to a new level in the format,” said Afghan Cricket Board Chairman Mirwais Ashraf in a statement.
“Rashid Khan has experience leading AfghanAtalan in all three formats before and we are happy to have him as skipper again for the T20I format. I am sure he will emerge victorious and bring more glories to the nation.”
T20 superstar Rashid says leading the national team is a huge honour.
“Captain is a huge responsibility. I have experience leading my country before, there is a great group of guys I have a good understanding with and feel quite comfortable with.
“We will try to stay united, work hard to get things back on track and bring pride and joy to our country and our nation,” Rashid said.
Rashid has represented Afghanistan in 74 T20Is so far and has 122 scalps to his name in the format, making him the third wicket taker in the format behind Tim Southee (134) and Shakib Al Hassan (128) .
He was also in high demand in franchise cricket, playing 361 T20 matches for 15 different teams around the world as of 2015 and bagging a mammoth 491 wickets, making him the second bowler behind Dwayne Bravo ( 614) with the most scalps in The format.
(With PTI entries)


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