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Asghar Afghan axed from Afghanistan captaincy, Gulbadin Naib to lead in 2019 World Cup

It marked the end of Asghar Afghan's four-year stint as captain of the Afghanistan team across the three formats.

IANS Reported by: IANS Kabul Published on: April 05, 2019 18:05 IST
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Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has handed leadership roles to Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan taking charge of the Test, ODI and T20I teams respectively on Friday.

It marked the end of Asghar Afghan's four-year stint as captain of the Afghanistan team across the three formats, according to a ESPNCricinfo report.

Rashid, currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, will also be the vice-captain of the ODI side, while Hashmatullah Shahidi will be the deputy of the Test team, with Shafiqullah performing the role for the T20I side. 

According to Azizullah Fazli, the ACB chairman, the changes will provide opportunities to young captains, who are the future of the game in the country. He told ESPNcricinfo, "The World Cup provides us with the opportunity to play against nine Full Members. So we thought it is a good time to introduce change in leadership."

Afghan, meanwhile, would continue to be a part of the national squad as a senior player, Fazli said.

Afghan replaced Mohammad Nabi as the captain after the 2015 World Cup.

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