Afghanistan reappoint Asghar Afghan as captain for all three formats

Sport360 staff 16:21 11/12/2019
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Asghar Afghan was reappointed as skipper across all three formats in what is another bolt out of the blue by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

Afghan is the side’s longest serving captain and has previously led Afghanistan on a total of 104 occasions including their maiden Test against India last year in Bengaluru.

However, he was replaced by Gulbadin Naib as the ODI skipper just days before the start of the 2019 World Cup in England. At the same time, Rashid Khan was given T20I captaincy while Rahmat Shah was appointed as the Test skipper in his place.

However, a dismal campaign for Afghanistan in the World Cup where they lost all nine matches, saw the board axe Naib from role and appoint Rashid as the skipper across all three formats.

The leg-spin sensation took charge of the team in their famous Test win in Bangladesh earlier this year, and also led the side in all three formats in recent home clashes against West Indies in Lucknow.

When Afghan was initially removed from captaincy in the summer, several senior players in the squad including Rashid and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi had expressed their support for the 31-year-old.

Overall, Afghan had made four Test, 111 ODI and 66 T20I appearances for Afghanistan since making his international debut all the way back in 2009. He has a total of 3, 772 runs in those appearances and has registered one ODI century in the process.

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