Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to sack Asghar Afghan from the captaincy duties following an investigation against him, Hashmatullah Shahidi named as the team’s new Test and ODI skipper.
Afghanistan’s first ever double centurion in international cricket Hashmatullah Shahidi will take the reigns from the former skipper in Test and ODI cricket.
Top order batsman Rahmat Shah will serve as the deputy to Shahidi in the Test and ODI formats, while Afghanistan’s leg spinner Rashid Khan will remain the vice-captain in the 20-over format. ACB yet to take a call on the T20I captain, but the board said that the decision on the same is likely to be taken soon.
Afghanistan are now heading into split-captaincy era after sacking their most successful captain Asghar.
The ACB is running an investigation on Asghar’s decision-making in the first Test against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi which they lost by 10 wickets inside two days. However, Asghar led the team’s fight back with a hundred in winning cause in the second Test of the 2-match series.
ACB to investigate on Asghar’s decisions
“The decision to remove Asghar Afghan from captaincy was taken based on an investigation conducted by ACB’s Investigative committee which concluded that some of Afghan’s decisions as the captain of the team resulted in Afghanistan’s loss to Zimbabwe in the first Test of the series between both sides in Abu Dhabi in March,” ACB said in a release.
Afghanistan Test team led by Hashmatullah Shahidi is due play a historic one-off Test against Australia in Hobart in November this year.
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