Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Friday announced that Asghar Afghan has been removed as the National Cricket Team’s captain. Afghan was appointed to the post in 2015.
The reason behind the decision is ensuring better preparations for the upcoming World Cup in England, the ACB officials acknowledged at a press conference.
The ACB has appointed Gulbuddin Naib as ODI captain, googly master Rashid Khan as T20 captain and Rahmat Shah as Test captain.
Asghar, 31, is a right-handed batsman and a medium-fast bowler.
Under his captaincy, Afghanistan got the full membership of the International Cricket Council.
Afghan made his T20 International debut against Ireland in the 2010 Quadrangular Twenty20 Series in Sri Lanka.
Later on, in 2010, he played a single match in Afghanistan’s victorious 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, playing in the final against Ireland. Afghan was later named in Afghanistan’s squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.
On April 2010, Afghan was a key member of Afghanistan’s 2010 ACC Trophy Elite winning squad which defeated Nepal in the final.
Afghan ended the tournament as the third leading run scorer with 253 runs, including a score of 151 runs from 83 balls against Bhutan.
On March 1, 2014, Afghan’s 90* helped Afghanistan to register their win over Bangladesh which was their first win against test playing nations.
He and Samiullah Shinwari put on a 164 runs partnership for the sixth wicket which is the fifth highest Partnership for the sixth wicket in the history of ODIs and the third highest ODI Partnership for Afghanistan.
In 2018, he was named in Kandahar’s squad in the first edition of the Premier League of Cricket in Afghanistan.
He was the highest run-scorer for the Kandahar Knights in the tournament, with 264 runs in eight matches.