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Asghar Afghan sacked as Afghanistan cricket captain

Asghar Afghan sacked as Afghanistan cricket captain

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Apr 05, 2019 - 16:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Asghar Afghan has been removed as captain of Afghanistaninfo-icon national cricket team just over a month before the ICC Men's Cricket Worldinfo-icon Cup 2019, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Friday.

Dawlat Ahmadzai, chairman of the Selection Committee of ACB told a press conference here that Gulbuddin Naib was appointed as captain and Rashid Khan as assistant for ODI matches, and Rashid Khan was appointed as captain of T20 matches and Shafiqullah Shafaq was picked as his assistant.

He said that Rahmat Shah was chosen captain for test matches and Hashmatullah Shahidi was picked as his assistant.

We had been discussing about changes in the national cricket team leadership over the last six months and we were finally able to appoint captains for cricket matches based on their structures, he added.

Afghanistan have, instead, opted for split captaincy, with Gulbadin Naib instated at the helm in one-day internationals and set to captain the side at the World Cup. Rahmat Shah will be in charge of the Test side, with Rashid Khan taking the Twenty20 International reins.

Asghar, who replaced Mohammad Nabi as captain in 2015, had a highly successful stint in the role. Under his leadership, Afghanistan became a Full Member of the ICC, and in March, they secured a historic maiden Test victory against Ireland in Dehradun. 

The 31-year-old commanded the team to 33 ODI victories, including a triumphant campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, where they beat West Indies in the final in Zimbabwe. Afghan's record in T20Is is particularly impressive – they won 37 out of 59 games with him in charge.

Afghanistan will tour Scotland and Ireland in May to take on the hosts in two ODIs each. They will also lock horns with Pakistaninfo-icon and England in one-off ODIs before beginning their World Cup campaign against Australia on 1 June.

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