Raahid Khan has stepped down as Afghanistan captain with little over a month left for the T20 World Cup to get underway. He conveyed this decision via social media, citing that he was not considered before the squad for the mega event was picked.
“As the captain and responsible person for the nation, I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team. The selection committee and ACB has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.
Rashid was named as captain of the 15-member squad, with veteran wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad too included in the side. Afzar Zazai and Farid Ahmad Malik were named as the two standby players.
Rashid's decision to resign as captain came just moments after the squad was announced on social media. Mohammad Nabi will now lead the squad.
At this critical stage, I admire the decision of ACB for the announcement of leading the National Cricket Team in T20 Format. InshaAllah together we will present a great picture of the Nation in the upcoming T20 World Cup.— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) September 9, 2021
Afghanistan are scheduled to begin their T20 World Cup campaign on October 25 in Sharjah against a qualifying team. They will also play India, Pakistan and New Zealand in the Super 12 stage.
The trouble does not seem to end for Afghanistan, who could be stripped of international status if their country does not put out a women's team. That could be a difficult task under the current Taliban rule. Cricket Australia (CA) had earlier threatened to cancel Afghanistan's tour to their country if things do not change.
Both the men's and the women's team were scheduled to play a Test in Australia later this year.
Squad: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Usman Ghani, Naveen ul Haq, Asghar Afghan, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Shapoor Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Qais Ahmad.
Standby players: Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad.