ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Mohammad Nabi appointed as Afghanistan’s T20I captain for World Cup

Mohammad Nabi appointed as Afghanistan’s T20I captain for World Cup.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Friday appointed senior all-rounder Mohammad Nabi as the captain of the T20I side of Afghanistan for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. The cricket board on Thursday also released its squad for the World Cup 2021.

Nabi accepted the role in spite of a rift between the players and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). He wrote, “At this critical stage, I admire the decision of ACB for the announcement of leading the National Cricket Team in T20 Format. InshaAllah together we will present a great picture of the Nation in the upcoming T20 World Cup.”

It is noteworthy that initially, ACB took Rashid Khan on board as the leader of the side, however, the all-rounder stepped down from the honour minutes after ACB released its squad. 

According to the statement of Rashid Khan on social media, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) didn’t find it worth taking Khan’s consent for the team selection for the T20 World Cup 2021.

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“As the captain and responsible person for the nation, I reserve the right to be part of the selection team. The selection committee and ACB has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media,” Rashid wrote in his statement on Twitter.

“I am taking the decision of stepping down from the role as the captain of Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately. It’s Always my proud playing for Afghanistan,” he added. 

According to the report of Cricbuzz, Rashid Khan was not happy after he was not called for the selection procedure despite being the skipper of the T20I side of Afghanistan. The cricketer was furious and after seeing the squad he decided to step down from the captaincy roles.

Afghanistan’s T20 Squad includes the likes of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Shahzad besides skipper Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 Squad:

Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Shahzad,  Hamid Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq,  Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmed.

Reserved Players: Afsar Zazai and Farid Ahmad Malik.