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The Afghanistan Cricket Board has sacked Asghar Afghan from his post of captaincy in the national team ahead of grand event of ICC World Cup 2019. The Board announced his removal on Friday, April 5. Afghanistan has now opted for split captaincy instead of having Afghan in all three formats. Gulbadin Naib who has the reigns of One Day Internationals will lead the team in ICC World Cup while Rahmat Shah will take the charge of Test cricket format and lastly Rashid Khan was made skipper for Twenty20 Internationals.

The star Afghanistan players including Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi condemned the Board’s decision of removing Afghan from the captaincy. Rashid Khan took to Twitter to criticize the action and said, “with all the respect to the Selection Committee, I strongly disagree with the decision as it is irresponsible & bias. As we have @cricketworldcup in front of us, Captain #MAsgharAfghan should remain as our team Captain. His captaincy is highly instrumental for team success”.

Asghar witnessed a successful stint during his past career run as Afghanistan became the full member of ICC World Cup under his leadership. Not only this, the Afghan squad clinched a maiden victory in the history of Test Cricket against Ireland in Dehradun.

The 37-year-old led his team to win in 33 One Day Internationals as well as the final round of 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier. The squad defeated West Indies in the finals to secure the win.

Afghanistan will next take on Pakistan and England in one-off ODIs before commencing their journey at ICC World Cup 2019 starting from May 30 in England. Afghanistan squad will lock their horns with Aussies in their opening game of world cup on June 1.