New Delhi. All-rounder Mohammad Nabi will take over the captaincy of Afghanistan for the upcoming T20 World Cup (ICC T20 World Cup 2021) after captain Rashid Khan stepped down on Thursday. Rashid Khan decided to step down from the captaincy after the spinner claimed that his consent was not taken before the squad was announced for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be played in UAE and Oman. Rashid Khan wrote a message on social media announcing his decision to quit the captaincy. There has been a lot of turmoil in the Afghan cricket world since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Mohammad Nabi, who had earlier captained Afghanistan, will now lead the team. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Thursday announced the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Minutes after the announcement, Rashid Khan said that the selection committee and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) did not take his consent for the team.
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Rashid Khan issued a statement on social media saying, “As the captain and the person responsible for the nation, I have the right to be a part of the selection of the team. The selection committee and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) did not take my consent for the team which has been announced by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) media.”
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He further wrote, “I am taking the decision to step down from the role of captain of the Afghanistan T20 team with immediate effect. It is always a matter of pride for me to play for Afghanistan.” Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has also been included in the team. Afsar Zazai and Fareed Ahmed Malik were included as the two reserve players.
Afghanistan squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is as follows:
Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen Ul Haq, Hamid Hassan, Daulat Jadlan Sharfuddin Ashraf, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmed.
Reserve players: Officer Jazai, Fareed Ahmed Malik.
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