Rashid Khan appointed Afghanistan skipper across all three formats

Waseem Ahmed 13/07/2019
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Afghanistan star Rashid Khan.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been appointed as the skipper of Afghanistan across all three formats in the latest captaincy change for the outfit.

The 20-year-old had previously been appointed as skipper of the T20I outfit before the 2019 ICC World Cup got underway with Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah taking over the reins of the ODI and Test sides respectively.

Following the team’s dismal showing in the World Cup where they lost all nine of their matches, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have now decided to appoint Rashid as skipper across the three formats.

Meanwhile, former Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan has been announced as Rashid’s deputy in the three formats. Afghan had been the designated captain of all three sides previously before he was surprisingly removed from the position just weeks before the start of the World Cup.

This will not be the first time that Rashid will captain the Afghanistan team with the spinner having led the side during the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe last year due to an injury to Asghar Afghan.

Under Rashid’s captaincy, Afghanistan lost three of their four matches and were on the brink of missing out on qualification before Asghar Afghan returned and scripted a turnaround in the team’s fortunes.

The latest move from the ACB means that Rahmat Shah’s Test captaincy tenure has ended without a single game being played. Afghanistan are due to play their third ever Test match in November this year when they play host to the West Indies at their adopted home in India.

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Afghanistan hand pacer Aftab Alam one-year suspension from international and domestic cricket

Waseem Ahmed 11/07/2019
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Afghanistan pacer Aftab Alam suspended.

Pacer Aftab Alam has been handed a one-year suspension from domestic and international cricket by Afghanistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary committee for violating a code of conduct during the 2019 ICC World Cup.

The Afghanistan bowler had earlier been sent home from the World Cup in England on June 27 with the ACB citing ‘exceptional circumstances’ as the reason behind the decision. It was later reported that the Afghan pacer had been punished for misbehaving with a female guest at the team hotel in Southampton.

An enquiry into the incident was launched by the ACB following its annual general meeting at Kabul last week. Along with his ban from domestic and international cricket, the ACB have also suspended Alam’s central contract for one year.

The 26-year-old bowler featured thrice for Afghanistan in their 2019 World Cup campaign where he picked up a total of four wickets. Overall, Alam has so far played 27 ODIs and 12 T20Is for Afghanistan since making his international debut in 2010.

Afghanistan’s campaign in the 2019 World Cup was a poor one although the tournament minnows did manage to give India and Pakistan big scares. Ultimately, Gulbadin Naib and his men returned home after losing all nine of their round-robin matches in England.

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Bangladesh part ways with coach Steve Rhodes following World Cup exit

Waseem Ahmed 8/07/2019
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Steve Rhodes is no longer the coach of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh have terminated the services of head coach Steve Rhodes following the team’s eighth-place finish in the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

Rhodes was contracted by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to the role until the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia but the Englishman has now been let go after a ‘mutual decision’ between the two parties.

A decision on the new coach of Bangladesh is expected to be taken before the end of the month before the team flies out for its tour of Sri Lanka.

“The board has come to a mutual decision with Steve,” BCB media committee chairman Jalal Younus was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.

“We have decided to let him go and finish the association on good note. Given Bangladesh has tour of Sri Lanka end of this month, the board will decide the coach in the meeting going to be held between July 20-22,” he added.

Rhodes had taken over as Bangladesh head coach exactly a year ago with the team reaching the final of the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE under his guidance before going going down to India. He had previously served as the director of cricket for Worcestershire from 2006 to 2017.

The Englishman’s impact in the Test format has been less than desirable but he did oversee an ODI tri-series win in Ireland just days before the start of the World Cup.

Rhodes will not be the only one leaving his Bangladesh role with bowling coach Courtney Walsh’s contract also coming to an end. The BCB had earlier announced that they will not be renewing the contract of the former Windies pacer.

Bangladesh are set to take on hosts Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series at the end of the month with the first of the clashes due to take place on July 26.

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