Rashid Khan becomes youngest international captain

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The cricket sensation from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan has become the youngest captain to lead a limited overs national side in international cricket.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced the No.1 T20I bowler as their captain on Sunday. He ages 19 years and 165 days.

He replaced the regular Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Stanikzai who was diagnosed with appendicitis during the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe. As a result, he led his side Afghanistan against Scotland in Bulawayo on Sunday.

However, it did not turn the way he would have wanted. Rashid was out for a duck, later his figures were 1/68 in nine overs. Afghanistan lost the match by 7 wickets.

The leg-spinner has 87 wickets in 38 ODIs and 47 wickets in 29 T20Is. He took the joint-most no. of wickets in the recently concluded Big Bash League. He is retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL this year.

Rajin Saleh holds the previous captaincy record. He was 20 years 297 days old when he led Bangladesh ODI side against SA in ICC Champions Trophy, Birmingham on September 12, 2004. For India, the record of the youngest skipper to a lead an ODI team belongs to the legend, Sachin Tendulkar. He led his side at the age of 23 years, 126 days against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 1996.

The test record is held by Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu who led his team against Sri Lanka at the age of 20 years, 358 days at Harare in 2004. In India, the test record is held by Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi who captained India at the age of 21 years, 77 days against WI in Bridgetown in 1962.

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