Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has sacked Gulbadin Naib as the skipper following their dismal run in the ICC World Cup 2019. Instead, young leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been appointed as the skipper of the side across the formats. The Afghans failed to win a single game before bowing out of the competition in England.

Rashid to lead Afghanistan in all formats

Meanwhile, Afghanistan were in the headlines more for their off-field controversies rather than their efforts in the field. Mohammad Shahzad was dubiously sent back home in the middle of the tournament to bring in young Ikram Ali Khil. Furthermore, the management also sent back Aftab Alam to Afghanistan before the end of the World Cup. Although they had their moments in the tournament but has lacked to cash in leaving them with zero wins in the competition.

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ACB attracted a lot of criticisms even from the players for changing their skipper a few days before the World Cup. They had removed Asghar Afghan from the leadership role and opted for a split captaincy. Gulbadin Naib took reins for the ODIs, Rahmat Shah for the Test side while Rashid Khan was chosen as the T20I skipper. But after a poor outing in the Word Cup, ACB has ended all the speculations to name Rashid Khan as the skipper across all the formats. Meanwhile, former skipper Asghar will work as his deputy in the three formats.

Although Rashid Khan has earned a name for himself, he was not at his personal best in the World Cup. He will have a lot of work to do to lift his performance and along with it the lift the whole team to come out and produce good cricket in the series to follow. Afghanistan will eye the next big event – ICC World T20 in 2020, and play some good cricket and stun the top teams in an international competition.

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Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making a living watching and working around his favorite sport.