POSTED AT 08:30 AM 06-04-2019
Afghanistan shock – sack captain ahead of Cricket World Cup
Gulbadin Naib will lead Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup -Sacked captain Asghar Afghan
Asghar Afghan has been removed as captain of Afghanistan just over a month before the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced on Friday.
Afghanistan have, instead, opted for split captaincy, with Gulbadin Naib instated at the helm in one-day internationals and set to captain the side at the World Cup.
Rahmat Shah will be in charge of the Test side, with Rashid Khan taking the Twenty20 International reins.
Asghar, who replaced Mohammad Nabi as captain in 2015, had a highly successful stint in the role.
Under his leadership, Afghanistan became a Full Member of the ICC, and in March, they secured a historic maiden Test victory against Ireland in Dehradun.
The 31-year-old commanded the team to 33 ODI victories, including a triumphant campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, where they beat West Indies in the final in Zimbabwe. Afghan's record in T20Is is particularly impressive – they won 37 out of 59 games with him in charge.
Afghanistan will tour Scotland and Ireland in May to take on the hosts in two ODIs each. They will also lock horns with Pakistan and England in one-off ODIs before beginning their World Cup campaign against Australia on 1 June.
A 23-man Afghanistan squad has departed to South Africa for a training camp ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, which begins next month.
The squad includes Asghar Afghan, who has been removed as the national side’s captain across formats. Gulbadin Naib is the ODI side’s new skipper, with Rashid Khan as his deputy. On the appointment of Naib, ACB’s chief selector Dawalt Ahmadzai said: “Asghar Afghan, who captained team Afghanistan for a period of around four years, achieved a lot and made the country proud, and I hope Gulbadin Naib will be able to continue his legacy at the helm of the team’s affairs.
“Gulbadin Naib is a senior player who has also led the Mis-e-Ainak regional team on many occasions and we hope that he will play a vital role in the team’s future success.” The training squad will participate in six practice matches during their time in South Africa, before returning to Kabul where the 15-man squad for the marquee event will be announced.
Afghanistan Squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Rashid Khan (vc), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najib Zadran, Darwish Rasooli, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Karim Janat, Qais Ahmad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Sayed Shirzad, Samiullah Shinwari.