In a strange turn of events, Afghanistan Crocket Board has reappointed Asghar Afghan as Afghanistan Cricket team skipper for all the three formats, eight months after he was discharged from the role. Asghar Afghan, who is of 31, led Afghanistan Cricket team for four years previously. He has led his team in 56 One Day Internationals, 46 T20 Internationals and their first two Tests – which included their maiden Test victory over Ireland in March.
All this drama started earlier this year just two months before the World Cup 2019, when the Afghanistan Crocket Board removed Asghar Afghan from captaincy and appointed Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan as captains for the Test, ODI and T20I teams respectively. The decision was criticised publicly by Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who stated that the timing of decision was not correct, with World Cup round the corner.
Consequently, Afghanistan went on losing all the nine World Cup encounters under the captaincy of Gulbadin Naib and finished at the bottom of Points Table. Gulbadin Naib led the Afghanistan in 12 ODIs and Afghanistan won just two of them. After the World Cup, again there was a change in the captaincy as Rashid Khan was appointed as captain for all the three formats and former captain Asghar Afghan as vice-captain. The decision was welcomed massively by all the team members.
Rashid Khan led Afghanistan to test win in Bangladesh in one of his two tests and Afghanistan shared the T20 Tri-Series Trophy, which included Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, with Bangladesh under his captaincy.
And know Asghar Afghan has been reappointed as captain of all three formatsof Afghanistan. Stating this change Afghanistan Cricket Board wrote on their Twitter handle “As per the decision by ACB Top management, Senior player Asghar Afghan is reappointed as team Afghanistan’s Captain across formats,”.