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Asghar Afghan sacked from captaincy over Zimbabwe loss

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KABUL: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) sacked Asghar Afghan as from the national team captaincy, blaming him for losing the test match against Zimbabwe in March at Abu Dhabi.The ACB said in a statement that Afghanistan Cricket Board members approved the proposition to go ahead with split-captaincy for the national team, and thereby effectively removing Asghar Afghan as skipper.“As per the decision, left-hander Hashmatullah Shahidi is appointed the new ODI and Test Captain of the National team while Rahmat Shah will serve as the Vice-captain for both formats,” the statement added.Furthermore, it was decided that all-rounder Rashid Khan will remain the Vice-Captain of the T20I team while the decision to appoint the new captain will be taken soon, the statement added.The decision to remove Asghar Afghan from captaincy was taken based on an investigation conducted by ACB’s Investigative committee which concluded that some of Afghan’s decisions as the captain of the team resulted in Afghanistan’s loss to Zimbabwe in the first Test of the series between both sides in Abu Dhabi in March, the statement added. Zimbabwe thrashed Afghanistan by 10 wickets inside two days in the first Test before Afghanistan leveled the series by winning the second Test by 6 wickets.

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