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Rashid Khan steps down as Afghanistan T20 captain after squad announcement

Rashid Khan stepped down as Afghanistan T20 captain shortly after the Afghanistan Cricket Board named their team for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

The all-rounder announced the news minutes after his country confirmed their World Cup squad on Thursday, 9 September.

“The selection committee and ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board) has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media,” he said in a statement on social media.

“As the captain and responsible person for the nation I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team.

“I am taking the decision of stepping down from the role as the captain of Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately.”

Mohammad Nabi is expected to take the captaincy role for the World Cup.

Khan was part of a spin-heavy roster announced for this autumn’s tournament, joining fellow all-rounders Mohammad Nabi and Sharafuddin Ashraf in the squad.

Front-line spinners Qais Ahmad and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were also selected.

Afghanistan will get their tournament underway in Sharjah on 25 October against one of two of the qualifying teams in Group B.

Khan and company will also face India, New Zealand and Pakistan in the group stage.

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Rashid Khan is the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade

T20 Squad: Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq, Hamid Hassan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmed

Reserves: Afsar Zazai, Farid Ahmed Malik