The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) named leg spinner Rashid Khan captain across all the major formats Friday, despite a disappointing World Cup for the Twenty20 sensation.
Asghar Afghan was also appointed vice-captain, the ACB said in a statement announcing the decision.
Khan came into the World Cup as cricket’s hottest property after catching the eye with his leg spinners for minnows Afghanistan.
But the Twenty20 star, who played a leading role for many sides in franchise cricket across the globe, claimed only six wickets in nine games as the Afghans returned home without notching up a single win.
At a news conference announcing his new role, Khan acknowledged the responsibility on his shoulders and expressed hopes for the team’s future.
“We all play as one team and play only for the country. Whatever I am today, is because of this country and this team,” Khan said.
Gulbadin Naib, who skippered Afghanistan for the World Cup, defended his spinner after their final loss to West Indies, saying “he gives 100 percent”.