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Afghanistan opts for split captaincy, Asghar Afghan sacked
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Afghanistan opts for split captaincy, Asghar Afghan sacked

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Dubai, Apr 5 : The Afghanistan Cricket Board came up with a unique idea of appointing separate captains for all three formats of cricket, showing the door to current captain Asghar Afghan on Friday. The move came just in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, scheduled to start on May 30.

The ACB has handed over the reins to Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan and Rahmat Shah, for ODIs, T20Is and Test cricket, respectively.

Afghanistan also named Rashid, Shafiqullah Shafiq and Hashmatullah Shahidi as vice-captains for ODIs, T20Is and Test cricket, respectively.

Of the newly-named captains, only Rashid has previously led Afghanistan. He had briefly chaperoned the team in the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe, last year.

Asghar, who replaced Mohammad Nabi as captain in 2015, had a highly successful stint as skipper. Under his captaincy, Afghanistan became a full member of the ICC, and in March, the team secured a historic maiden Test victory against Ireland in Dehradun.

The 31-year-old commanded the team to 33 ODI victories, including a triumphant victory at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, where they beat West Indies in the finals 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 June 1. (UNI)