Afghanistan Cricket Board in a press release has confirmed that their Champion bowler Rashid Khan has been re-appointed as T20I captain after Mohammad Nabi stepped down from the role following the ICC T20 World Cup.
Meet Our T20I Captain 🚨🤩@rashidkhan_19, Afghanistan’s Cricketing Wizard, has replaced @MohammadNabi007 as AfghanAtalan’s captain for the T20I format.— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) December 29, 2022
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In September 2019, Rashid was named as T20I captain which he carried forward for three months in which he played seven games as captain and won four of them. ACB is trying to give T20I captaincy to Rashid for more than 2 years but he wasn’t keen on accepting the responsibility for the long term because he was afraid it might affect his performances as an all-rounder.
Rashid first declined the captaincy in June 2021 but after a lot of convincing from ACB board members, he was named captain in July 2021 for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE. But just a month before the world cup officially started Rashid Khan resigned from his position as captain citing he wasn’t involved or had taken confidence before announcing Afghanistan’s World T20 squad which caused a rift between Rashid & board members. Mohammad Nabi took over the captaincy among all this chaos.
In a statement given by Mirwais Ashraf, the ACB chairman he said:
Rashid Khan is a massive name in Afghanistan Cricket. He has colossal experience of playing the format around the world which will help him take the team to a new level in the format.
Rashid Khan has the experience of leading Afghanistan in all three formats before and we are happy to have him as our skipper for the T20I format again. I am sure he will come out on top and will bring more glory to the nation.
After accepting the ACB request, Rashid Khan has also given his statement which is:
Captaincy is a huge responsibility, I have the experience of leading my country before, and there is a great bunch of guys with whom I have a good understanding and feel pretty comfortable. We will try to stick together, will work hard to put things on the right track, and bring pride and joy to our country and nation.
Rashid Khan Stats in T20s
Rashid Khan is the most demanded player in every T20 league he puts his name forward. He has played almost every league that is currently happening in the circuit and has performed really well which is why every franchise in the different leagues is ready to rope him in for a big salary.
Below are the stats of Rashid Khan in different domestic T20 competitions.
In T20I for Afghanistan as well, Rashid Khan has brilliant stats as a strike bowler who has won his nation many games on his own. Below are his International stats.
Overall, Rashid has captained Afghanistan before in 16 matches across all formats of which they won seven of them which is not bad considering a 43.75 win percentage.