Rashid Khan has been named Afghanistan’s new T20I captain by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), and the leg-spinner will lead his team at the next T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Najibullah Zadran has been appointed as his deputy.
Afghanistan’s previous T20I series was in March, when they won 3-0 in a three-match series against Zimbabwe. In the series, Asghar Afghan led the Afghans.
All-rounder @rashidkhan_19 has been appointed the T20I captain & @iamnajibzadran as V-captain. Rashid, one of the well-known global faces of the game, was selected by senior ACB leadership led by ACB Chairman @Farhan_YusEfzai
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) July 6, 2021
The ACB announced in a statement that the decision to choose Rashid Khan as the new T20I captain was made after considering his expertise, outstanding performance, and leadership abilities. The following was part of the statement:
“Rashid, one of the well-known global faces of the game , was selected by senior ACB leadership led by ACB Chairman Farhan Yousefzai, for the role considering his experience, brilliant performance as well as leadership skills with the National team over the years.”
Rashid Khan will be put to the test at the 2019 T20 World Cup, where Afghanistan will be in Group B alongside England, India, and South Africa. After the qualifiers, two more teams will join them in the group.
Rashid Khan is currently playing in the T20 Blast and The Hundred in England.
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) July 1, 2021
Rashid Khan is one of the most in-demand players in franchise cricket around the world due to his talent with both the bat and the ball. The leg-spinner is now in England, where he will play in the T20 Blast for the Sussex Sharks.
Rashid will also play for the Trent Rockets in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, which boasts Joe Root, Dawid Malan, and Alex Hales among its ranks.
The 22-year-old recently posted a hilarious video to Instagram in which he can be seen playing golf at a driving range. While playing golf, he tried to imitate MS Dhoni’s signature helicopter shot.
Kevin Pietersen, a well-known golf fan, made a humorous comment on the post, suggesting Rashid Khan to try a switch hit next time.