Rashid Khan from Afghanistan Becomes Youngest Captain in Cricket: List of Youngest Skippers in All Formats of International Cricket
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Spinner Rashid Khan was named as Afghanistan’s captain after Asghar Stanikzai was diagnosed with Appendicitis, which will require him to undergo a surgery. Stanikzai will take around ten days to recover and in his absence, Rashid will lead the side in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

Afghanistan captain, Asghar Stanikzai, has been diagnosed with appendicitis and will shortly undergo a surgery in a local hospital in Zimbabwe. 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,” said Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in a statement.

With it, Rashid is set to become the youngest captain across formats in international cricket.  Afghanistan takes on Scotland on March 04 in Bulawayo and he will be 19 years and 165 days old on that day, thus making him the youngest captain ever in international cricket.

Currently, Bangladesh’s Rajin Saleh holds the record of being the youngest captain ever in international cricket. Rajin was handed the responsibility when he was 20 years and 297 days old. He captained Bangladesh in ICC 2004 Champions Trophy against South Africa. We, at LatestLY, bring to you a list of youngest ODI captains in different forms of cricket:

Youngest Captains in International Cricket Across Formats

Player

Age Team Opposition

Format

Rashid Khan*

19y 165d Afghanistan West Indies ODI
Rajin Saleh 20y 297d Bangladesh South Africa

ODI

Rodney Trott

20y 332d Bermuda Canada T20I
Tatenda Taibu 20y 342d Zimbabwe Sri Lanka

ODI

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

21y 77d India West Indies

Test

  *Rashid Khan’s age on March 04, 2018

Youngest Captains in ODIs:

Player

Age Team

Opposition

Rashid Khan*

19y 165d Afghanistan West Indies
Rajin Saleh 20y 297d Bangladesh

South Africa

Tatenda Taibu

20y 342d Zimbabwe Sri Lanka
Prosper Utseya 21y 125d Zimbabwe

Bangladesh

Kane Williamson

21y 332d New Zealand West Indies
Waqar Younis 21y 354d Pakistan

West Indies

*Rashid Khan’s age on March 04, 2018

Youngest Captains in Tests

Player

Age Team

Opposition

Tatenda Taibu

20y 358d Zimbabwe Sri Lanka
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi 21y 77d India

West Indies

Waqar Younis

22y 15d Pakistan Zimbabwe
Graeme Smith 22y 82d South Africa

Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan

22y 115d Bangladesh

West Indies

Youngest Captains in T20Is

Player

Age Team

Opposition

Rodney Trott

20y 332d Bermuda Canada
Shahriar Nafees 21y 211d Bangladesh

Zimbabwe

Prosper Utseya

21y 247d Zimbabwe Bangladesh
Kane Williamson 21y 328d New Zealand

West Indies

Shakib Al Hasan

22y 131d Bangladesh

West Indies

Rashid, who made his ODI debut for Afghanistan at the age of 17 years, recently became the youngest player to be ranked number one across formats. Rashid, at 7092 days old (19 years and 153 days), bettered Saqlain Mushtaq's record of 7683 days old (22 years), a 20-year-old record, when he was ranked joint-first with India’s Jasprit Bumrah in ODIs.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan will take part in the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018, which starts from March 04. Afghanistan team and are placed in Group B alongside Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal. The finalists from the ten-team tournament, which also features West Indies, will qualify for the World Cup in 2019 to be held in England.