Number one ranked ODI bowler Rashid Khan will step up from the vice-captaincy post and will lead Afghanistan in the starting stage of the qualifier tournament.

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Rashid Khan will lead Afghanistan in Asghar Stanikzai’s absence .Image Credit: AFP

One of the most emerging associate team in cricket Afghanistan have suffered a major blow before the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

30 year old middle order batsman Asghar Stanikzai has been ruled out of action for 10 days and will miss out the start of the World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe.

Asghar Stanikzai
Asghar Stanikzai has undergone an appendix surgery. Image Courtesy: ICC

Stanikzai was forced to undergo surgery for appendicitis and is expected to be out for ten days.

Afghanistan are scheduled to play two warm-up matches against West Indies and the Netherlands on 27th February and 1st March respectively.

Asghar Stanikzai
Asghar Stanikzai has been struggling with the bat recently. (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Their first CWCQ match is a Group B clash against Scotland on 4th March which also the Afghan skipper will miss.

Stanikzai is accepted to return to action against Zimbabwe on 6th March.

Afghanistan will also play Zimbabwe, Nepal, and Hong Kong in Group B. The top three teams will then qualify for the Super Six stage alongside three teams from Group A.

Asghar Stanikzai
Asghar Stanikzai. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The 30-year-old middle-order batsman has scored 1,565 runs at an average of 21.14 in 83 ODIs. However his recent run of form has not been very impressive. Afghanistan won the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in the UAE 4-1. Stanikzai batted thrice in the series and scored 3, 1 and 2.

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