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Rashid Khan Becomes The Youngest Captain In International Cricket

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| February 27 , 2018 , 18:22 IST

With the ouster of Afghanistan's regular skipper Asghar Stanikzai post being diagnosed with appendicitis, leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been decided to take his place. At the age of 19, the player has become the youngest captain in International cricket.

Afghan Cricket Board confirmed in a press statement, "The doctors have advised that he will be able to return to cricket in approximately 10 days. Current vice-captain Rashid Khan will lead the team in his absence."

The player has already bowled the top-ranked batsman with his googlies, despite playing for a lesser known cricketing nation. Rashid has been breaking records for a while now, the latest being the title of World's No.1 ODI and Twenty20 International bowler.

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While India's star pacer Jasprit Bumrah joined the bowler at ODI rank, Rashid rules the Test rankings alone, a feat which he recorded just last week. The bowler had broken the record of great Pakistani player Saqlain Mushtaq's record to become the youngest to be on top of any ICC Player Rankings.

The leg-spinner has so far taken 86 wickets from 37 ODIs and 47 wickets from 29 T20Is. Being only 159 days old into cricket, the 19-year-old pacer has surpassed former Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain 21 years and 13 days record.

Afghan Cricket Board appointed Rashid Khan as the interim captain for the upcoming Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ). Afghanistan will travel to Bulawayo for the group-stage matches of the ICC World Cup Qualifier.