T20 World Cup: Rashid Khan steps down from captaincy role as Afghanistan names squad for T20 WC

Afghanistan Cricket Board has declared a 20-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. In a huge turnaround, Rashid Khan has turned down the offer to lead the squad in the T20 World Cup.

“As a captain and responsible person for the nation I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team. The selection committee and ACB 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 the captain of Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately. It’s always my proud playing for Afghanistan,” the tweet post read.

The development from Rashid Khan comes as womens’ cricket in Aghanistan are barred under the new regime of the Taliban. He was appointed as the T20I captain of Team Afghanistan in July this year.

While all eyes are on recent developments in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country, recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan has not gone down well with the cricket community. In fact, Cricket Australia has said it will have to rethink playing a Test match against the men’s team if the women’s team is not allowed to play.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is monitoring the changing situation in Afghanistan and the board will discuss the impact this might have on the continued development of the game in the country.