Star leg spinner Rashid Khan has been named captain of the Afghanistan squad for the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE from October 17 to November 14. Left-arm batsman Najibullah Qadran will serve as vice-captain. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said in its statement, ‘All-rounder Rashid Khan has been appointed as the international captain of Tea Afghanistan. In this format, Najibullah Qadran has been made vice-captain of the national team.
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“Rasheed has been recognized as one of the sport’s best-known global faces for the role. The leadership of the ACB has been recognized by the Chairman of the Board, Farhan Yousafzai. Keeping this in mind. Rashid, who is ranked second in the T20 International bowlers rank, has previously refused to lead the T20 International team in Afghanistan. He believes that being a player is more useful than being a leader.
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Twenty-two-year-old Rasheed was named captain of the team in formats in July 2019, but was replaced by Asghar Afghan in December following Afghanistan’s defeat in the ODI and West Indies series against the West Indies. Afghanistan are placed in England, India and South Africa in Group B of the T20 World Cup 2021. The other two teams come through the qualifiers. The 2021 T20 World Cup was recently shifted from India to the UAE after the second wave of the Kovid-19 pandemic.