Rashid Khan
With a match against Pakistan looming at the ICC T20 World Cup, Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan is hoping to give the people back home something to remember.

Rashid Khan has rejected Afghanistan’s T20I captaincy, stating that he is more valuable as a player than as a leader. Veteran batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi has been appointed as captain of the ODI and Test teams. However, the Afghanistan Cricket Board is yet to name the captain for the shortest format.

“I am very much clear in my mind that I am better off as a player. I am good in the role of vice-captain and help the captain wherever I am needed. It’s better for me to stay away from this position,” Rashid Khan told ESPNcricinfo.

“I want to do well for the team as a player and my performance is a bit more crucial for the team rather than me thinking about different things being a captain. Also, it takes time, and right now the most important thing is the (T20) World Cup which is quite near and I feel it is too much for me to have,” he added.

“I am afraid it might affect my performance for the team which is a key so I am very happy as a player and whatever the decision board and selection committee make I am fully behind it and will appreciate it,” he stated.

“If you have a year or two, you manage yourself and understand things only then it’s easier to deal with the role. I was the captain once and they [board] know my mindset and which is why they kept the spot empty looking for someone else while I stay as a vice-captain,” the 22-year-old concluded.

Rashid Kahn is all set to play for the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League, which resumes on June 9.

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