Better as player than leader: Rashid Khan declines Afghanistan Captaincy

Rashid Khan, Six Sports

Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has declined to captain the T20 side of his country. He is fearing it might affect his performance as a player which he feels is more crucial to the team.

Afghanistan have been changing captains frequently. Earlier this week they named Hashmatullah Shahidi as their Test and ODI skipper. However, the Afghanistan Cricket Board is yet to name the T20 captain.

Rashid Khan on Captaincy

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

Rashid Khan, Six Sports

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 World Cup which is quite near and I feel it is too much for me to have,” Rashid added.

Rashid, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, is set to turn out for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. With the T20 World Cup around the corner, Rashid feels he is better off focusing on what he does best.

Rashid Khan, Six Sports

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,” Rashid Khan said.

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,” Rashid Khan added.

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