With the ICC T20 World Cup set to take place in the UAE from October 17 to November 14, star leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been named captain of Afghanistan’s T20 team.

Najibullah Zadran, a left-handed batsman, has been named the team’s vice-captain.

“Rashid Khan, an all-rounder, has been named Team Afghanistan’s T20I captain. Meanwhile, Najibullah Zadran has been named Vice-Captain of the National Team for the tournament “In a statement, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced.

Rashid, a well-known global face of the game, was chosen for the post by top ACB leadership, led by ACB Chairman Farhan Yousefzai, based on his experience, outstanding performance, and leadership qualities with the National team throughout the years.”

Rashid, who is ranked second in the world among T20I bowlers, has previously denied Afghanistan’s T20I captaincy, claiming that he is more valuable as a player than a leader.

In July of this year, the 22-year-old was named captain across all formats, but after Afghanistan’s loss to the West Indies in a one-off Test and ODI series, he was replaced by Asghar Afghan in December.

Afghanistan has been placed in Group B for the T20 World Cup 2021, alongside England, India, and South Africa. The final two teams will be determined through the Qualifiers.

Due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament’s 2021 edition was recently moved from India to the United Arab Emirates.