T20 World Cup – Afghanistan Squad, Rashid Khan Quit as Captain: As soon as Taliban controlled Afghanistan Cricket Board announced 20-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Rashid Khan made a announcement to quit captaincy via twitter.
T20 World Cup: Rashid Khan quits captaincy as Taliban controlled board names Afghanistan squad for WC, ‘was not consulted on selection’
Rashid claimed he was not consulted on squad selection.
“As the captain and responsible person for the nation I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The selection committee and ACB has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced.”
Afghanistan National Cricket Team Squad for the World T20 Cup 2021. pic.twitter.com/exlMQ10EQx
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 9, 2021
Afghanistan names squad for T20 WC
Afghanistan Squad: Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohd Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohd Shahzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq, Hamid Hasan, Shrafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmed
Reserves: Afsar Zazai, Farid Ahmed Malik.
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) September 9, 2021
“As a captain and responsible person for the nation I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team. The selection committee and ACB has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media. I am taking the decision of stepping down from the role as the captain of Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately. It’s always my proud playing for Afghanistan,” the tweet post read.
The leg-spinner was only reappointed T20 captain in July. He also had another brief spell as captain across all formats in 2019 before being replaced by Asghar Afghan.
The 22-year-old has not said what particular selection decisions he disagrees with.
A number of experienced players have been recalled including Mohammad Shahzad, Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled take place between 17 October -14 November in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Afghanistan will get their tournament under way in Sharjah on 25 October against one of the two qualifiers in Group B. They also face India, New Zealand and Pakistan in the group stage.
T20 World Cup: Rashid Khan steps down from captaincy: The development from Rashid Khan comes as womens’ cricket in Aghanistan are barred under the new regime of the Taliban. He was appointed as the T20I captain of Team Afghanistan in July this year.
While all eyes are on recent developments in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country, recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan has not gone down well with the cricket community. In fact, Cricket Australia has said it will have to rethink playing a Test match against the men’s team if the women’s team is not allowed to play.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is monitoring the changing situation in Afghanistan and the board will discuss the impact this might have on the continued development of the game in the country.
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