In shocking news, Rashid Khan resigned as captain of Afghanistan‘s T20I team, minutes after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced their team for the T20 World Cup 2021, which took place in the UAE and Oman from 17 October.
Rashid said the selection committee did not get “my permission” for the group that was selected and announced Thursday night.
‘As captain and responsible person for the country, I reserve the right to be part of the team’s selection. “The selection committee and ACB did not obtain my consent for the team announced by ACB media,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.
“I make the decision to retire immediately as captain of the T20 team from Afghanistan,” he added.
– Rashid Khan (@ rashidkhan_19) 9 September 2021
Rashid Khan was appointed T20I captain of Afghanistan in July 2021:
Rashid Khan was appointed as Afghanistan’s T20I skipper in July this year, taking over from veteran Asghar Afghan. The middle-order batsman, Najibullah Zadran, was then appointed as his deputy, but did not get the post in the recently announced T20 tournament, in which wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad made a surprising return after failing in an international match for two have not played years.
The leg-spinner previously led Afghanistan in T20Is — between September and November 2019 and scored 7 wins from 16 matches. However, he was then quickly replaced by Asghar Afghan. Rashid, who has taken 95 wickets in 51 T20Is, is third on the ICC T20I bowler.
Afghanistan’s national cricket team for the 2021 World T20 Cup. pic.twitter.com/exlMQ10EQx
– Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) 9 September 2021
Afghanistan plays alongside India, New Zealand, Pakistan and two other teams that qualify together from Group 1 of the Super 12 phase of the first round.
Earlier in the day, Cricket Australia threatened to cancel the test match against Afghanistan, scheduled for November in Hobart, if women were not allowed to participate under the new Taliban regime.
Earlier, the Taliban indicated that women would not be allowed to take part in any sporting activity in the country, which the CA and the cricket fraternity opposed.