Minutes after Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) reported the 18-part crew for the T20 World Cup 2021, Rashid Khan took to Twitter to declare his choice to surrender his captaincy with quick impact.
“As the captain and responsible person for the nation, I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team” stated by Rashid Khan on his Instagram page.
“The selection committee and ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board) has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media. I am taking the decision of stepping down from the role as captain of Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately.
“It’s always my pride playing for Afghanistan.” Further added by him
Rashid was named Afghanistan’s T20I captain in July this year, with Najibullah Zadran named as his agent. Strikingly, Rashid had unequivocally communicated his reluctance to take up the job as he felt the weight of captaincy would influence his game.
“I am very much clear in my mind that I am better off as a player. I am good in the role as vice-captain and help the captain wherever I am needed. It’s better for me that I stay away from this position. I am afraid it might affect my performance for the team which is a key so I am very happy as a player and whatever the decision board and selection committee make I am fully behind it and will appreciate it,” quoted by Rashid Khan while having chat session with ESPNcricinfo in the last month.
Rashid’s venturing down from the post comes when Afghanistan cricket is destroyed attributable to the Taliban takeover in the country, with a possible danger of de–recognition by ICC approaching over the ACB attributable to the questionable eventual fate of the Afghanistan women’s group.
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) September 9, 2021
“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level,” statement released by Cricket Australia.
“If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart.
Afghanistan, who are set to make a trip to Australia to play an oddball Test, gotten a significant mishap before on September 9, when Cricket Australia expressed that they would be compelled to drop the undertaking if the media reports with respect to Afghanistan’s ladies group’s future are valid.
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