The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Wednesday announced their decision to reappoint former skipper Asghar Afghan as the captain of the national team across all formats. Asghar will replace wrist-spinner Rashid Khan who had been leading Afghanistan in all formats since the team's exit from the World Cup 2019. Earlier in July 2019, Rashid Khan had replaced Gulbadin Naib, who had led Afghanistan in their World Cup campaign.
Asghar Afghan was removed from the captain's post just three months before the World Cup. The decision faced a lot of backlash from fans and the Afghan players. But after the disappointing campaign in the World Cup, ACB decided to hand over the leadership to young Rashid and appointed Asghar as his deputy. But in a surprising turn of events, the cricket board has decided to go back to Asghar Afghan to lead the team in all formats. It is yet unknown why ACB opt for the leadership change.
Asghar has so far featured in over 100 ODIs and four Tests for Afghanistan. He has one century in ODIs and has slammed a total of 18 half-centuries in all the three formats combined. Asghar led Afghanistan in 56 matches. He won 31 and lost 21 games during his 4 -year- long tenure as a skipper.