Afghan reap­pointed Afghanista­n cap­tain

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Kabul, Afghanista­n - As­ghar Afghan has been reap­pointed cap­tain of Afghanista­n across all three for­mats, the Afghanista­n Cricket Board (ACB) an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

Afghan, 31, will re­place Rashid Khan, who was named cap­tain across for­mats in July, af­ter Afghanista­n lost all its matches at the World Cup un­der Gul­badin Naib. Rashid will now be­come Afghan's deputy.

The ACB had wrested cap­taincy away from Afghan in May, two months out from the start of the World Cup, split­ting the role among Naib (ODIs), Rashid (T20Is) and Rah­mat Shah (Tests).

The de­ci­sion to de­pose Afghan, who had taken over as cap­tain af­ter the 2015 World Cup, had met with crit­i­cism. High-pro­file play­ers such as Mo­ham­mad Nabi and Rashid him­self had pub­licly crit­i­cised the board's de­ci­sion.

Afghan is among the most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in Afghanista­n side, with 181 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances across for­mats, 104 of them as cap­tain. Afghanista­n played their in­au­gu­ral Test match un­der him, against In­dia in Ben­galuru in June 2018.

As­ghar Afghan

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