Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is already a superstar at just 19 years of age. The teenage leg-spinner has been turning heads ever since he made his debut for the country and finds himself in great demand across the various T20 leagues that are blossoming across the globe. Such has been Rashid’s rise in the game that he is now the world’s top-ranked ODI bowler and the youngest captain to ever play in international cricket.
Rashid Khan to become the youngest captain in International cricket
Very soon, Rashid will also become the youngest ever captain in the history of international cricket when he leads Afghanistan out in their Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) clash against Scotland on March 4 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. With regular captain Asghar Stanikzai being ruled out of the qualifiers due to a appendicitis surgery, the Afghan Cricket Board clearly made a move keeping the future in mind and named Rashid Khan as the interim captain for the CWCQ matches.
Previous youngest captain was Rajin Saleh, at 20 years
The record was previously held by Bangladesh’s Rajin Saleh who led his country in the 2004 Champions Trophy at the age of 20 years and 297 days. Another fact worth noting here is that after his recent elevation as skipper, Rashid Khan will also become the youngest international captain across formats and genders. When it comes to women’s cricket, England’s Arran Bindle is the youngest ever female captain to have led an international side. She was 19 years and 260 days old when she first captained England in a three-match ODI series back in 2001.
Afghanistan cricket prodigy: Rashid Khan
The 19-year-old spin wizard, Rashid Khan, has quickly established himself as a hot property in world of sports, and has mesmerized every cricket lover with his googlies and guile, while playing for Afghanistan and multiple domestic T20 leagues across the globe. Rashid will soon be turning out for David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) in April and May this year.