Afghanistan’s googly master Rashid Khan, who is playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, reacted to a sudden decision by Afghanistan’s Cricket Board (ACB) to remove the former captain Asghar Afghan and replace him with three captains including Rashid.
Rashid called the decision “irresponsible and bias” and says he disagrees with it.
“As we have Cricket World Cup in front of us, Captain Asghar Afghan should remain as our team Captain. His captaincy is highly instrumental for team success,” Rashid said.
“With just months to go for such a mega event like the World Cup, changing the captain will cause uncertainty and also team morale will be affected,” he said in a tweet.
Another member of the team, all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who is also playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, said in a tweet that it is not the right time to change the captain.
“Being a senior member of the side and having seen the rise of Afghanistan cricket, I don’t think it’s the right time to change the captain before the World Cup. The team has gelled really well under Asghar (Afghan). Personally, feel he is the right man to lead us,” Nabi said in a tweet.
The ACB on Friday morning announced that Asghar Afghan has been removed as captain of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan have, instead, opted for split captaincy, with Gulbadin Naib instated at the helm in one-day internationals and set to captain the side at the World Cup. Rahmat Shah will be in charge of the Test side, with Rashid Khan taking the Twenty20 International reins.
Asghar, who replaced Mohammad Nabi as captain in 2015, had a highly successful stint in the role.
Under his leadership, Afghanistan became a Full Member of the ICC, and in March, they secured a historic maiden Test victory against Ireland in Dehradun.
The 31-year-old commanded the team to 33 ODI victories, including a triumphant campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, where they beat West Indies in the final in Zimbabwe. Afghan's record in T20Is is particularly impressive – they won 37 out of 59 games with him in charge.
This comes as the National Cricket Team left the country for South Africa on Friday afternoon to attend training camps there ahead of the World Cup.