All-rounder Rashid Khan was appointed as the T20I captain of Afghanistan while Najibullah Zadran was named his deputy, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.
Rashid, one of the well-known global faces of the game, was selected by the senior ACB leadership led by chairman Farhan Yousefzai with respect to his experience, brilliant performances and leadership skills with the national team over the years.
Rashid Khan is currently the number two ranked bowler in the ICC T20I Rankings, 31 points behind table-topper South Africa spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi. Earlier this year, ACB members had approved the proposition to go ahead with split-captaincy for the national team.
The board also effectively removed Asghar Afghan as skipper of the men’s national team.”As per the decision, left-hander Hashmatullah Shahidi is appointed the new ODI and Test captain of the national team while Rahmat Shah will serve as the vice-captain for both formats,” the ACB had said in an official release.
Afghanistan is placed in Group B for the T20 World Cup 2021 alongside England, India, and South Africa while the remaining two teams will be chosen from the Qualifiers.
The 2021 edition of the tournament is scheduled to be played this October in UAE and Oman.