Less than half an hour after Afghanistan announced its squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Rashid Khan has stepped down as captain of the Afghanistan Cricket Team.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board has put out a list of 18 players to participate in the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in four venues of the United Arab Emirates and neighbouring Oman.
Within half an hour of the ACB team announcement, Khan tweeted that he is no longer the captain of the Afghanistan Cricket Team. He took this decision because his consent was not considered for the selection of the team. Rashid said he will continue to play for Afghanistan and said it is a matter of pride for him to play for Afghanistan.
In the 18-member squad, senior players, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohd Shahzad, fast bowlers Shapoor Zadran and Dawlat Zadran, have found their way back into the team.
Following Rashid Khan’s resignation, all-rounder Mohd Nabi is likely to lead the team in the T20 World Cup. Nabi had previously already captained the side in 12 T20Is from 2013-14.
The official announcement from Afghanistan Cricket Board is awaited on who will lead the team in T20 World Cup. Rashid and Nabi are part of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.
When Taliban was capturing Afghanistan, Rashid was one of the very few prominent personalities from the war-ravaged nation to keep asking for help from world leaders to save his country.
Now, other cricket boards are refusing to play Afghanistan in the near future because the now-ruling Taliban are likely to proscribe women from playing cricket.
Recently, Cricket Australia threatened the ACB that it would cancel the Hobart Test match which will be played on November 27, if the Taliban bans women from playing cricket.
The Taliban are said to be okay with cricket since many of them grew up in cricket-crazy Pakistan when the Soviet-supported regime ruled in Kabul. But women’s cricket maybe a different cup of tea.
Afghanistan squad: Rashid Khan (c), Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen Ul Haq, Hamid Hassan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmad.
Reserve: Afsar Zazai, Farid Ahmad Malik