Kabul, 10 September
Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan stepped down as captain in protest of the national squad being selected without his input, veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has been named Afghanistan captain for the 2019 T20 World Cup.Nabi's nomination as captain has still to be officially announced by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), but the 36-year-old all-rounder tweeted that he had been picked to head the team."
At this critical stage, I admire the decision of ACB for the announcement of leading the National Cricket Team in T20 Format," the 36-year-old Nabi tweeted."... we will present a great picture of the Nation in the upcoming T20 World Cup," said the spin-bowling all-rounder who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.Rashid stood down as captain of the team on Thursday,
Claiming that his opinion was not consulted before the national roster for the T20 World Cup was finalised.Rashid announced his resignation shortly after the ACB designated him captain of the 15-member squad for the showpiece event."As the captain and responsible person for the nation I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team," the 22-year-old spinner said in a post shared on his twitter handle."
The selection committee and ACB have not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media," said Rashid."I am taking the decision of stepping down from the role as the captain of Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately. I am always proud to be playing for Afghanistan."From October 17 to November 14, the T20 World Cup will be place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.Following the Taliban's takeover of the country,
Afghanistan has been in chaos.The Taliban banned women from playing cricket and other sports shortly after founding the interim government, throwing doubt on Afghanistan's Test status.All Test-playing nations are required under ICC rules to field a women's squad.Due to the Taliban's edict, Cricket Australia almost confirmed on Thursday that its men's team's season-opening Test against Afghanistan, scheduled to begin on November 27, would be cancelled. PTI
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