All national teams have been announcing their rosters for the big tournament, with a deadline of September 10 for all nations to submit their provisional squads for the 2021 T20 World Cup. With the likes of Ben Stokes, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Janneman Malan missing from their respective lineups, there have been a few significant surprises. However, after the announcement of Afghanistan’s team, a series of highly contentious events have occurred.
Afghanistan names a squad that includes Rashid Khan as captain
The Afghanistan Cricket Board has named a formidable lineup for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The squad included Rashid Khan as captain, Rahmanullah Gurbaz as his deputy, and a number of senior players in the form of Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, and Mohammad Nabi.
Afghanistan National Cricket Team Squad for the World T20 Cup 2021. pic.twitter.com/exlMQ10EQx
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 9, 2021
Rashid resigns as captain shortly after the squad is announced
However, it appears that there was a communication breakdown between the board and the captain of the side, which resulted in the entire spectacle occurring. At 10:19 p.m. IST, Afghanistan’s team was confirmed on Twitter. Rashid Khan posted on his Twitter account exactly 22 minutes later, at 10:41 PM IST, saying that the selection committee announced the squad without his agreement. In addition, the leg-spinner announced that he will resign as captain of the national team with immediate effect.
“I reserve the right to be a part of the team selection process as captain and responsible person for the nation. The selecting committee and ACB did not have my permission to name the team that was announced by ACB media. I’ve made the choice to step down as captain of the Afghanistan T20 team, effective immediately. It’s always a source of pride for me to play for Afghanistan “In his post, Rashid remarked.
Take a look at Rashid’s post:
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) September 9, 2021
It will be fascinating to see how the remainder of the storey unfolds. While the Afghanistan Cricket Board may have negotiations with Rashid Khan to resolve the situation, things could also spiral out of control, with the 22-year-old facing punishment from the governing body.
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