The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have named CP Rizwan as UAE's new T20I captain ahead of the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup.
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) made the announcement in a press release following the side’s Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series in Scotland, and ahead of the Asia Cup Qualifier in Oman.
Rizwan will take over the role from Ahmed Raza, who will remain as ODI captain. Rizwan's first assignment is set to be a clash against Kuwait in Al-Amerat later this week.
The ECB, in a statement, said it had decided to adopt a split-captaincy role.
“The committee believes, after extensive discussions, and following a detailed review of the side’s recent 50-over performance, by providing the respective Captain’s with a sole-format-focus it creates a strong leadership succession plan, and encourages a singular commitment to fine-tuning strategic on-field components of the game," the statement read.
"UAE’s T20 game is in good-standing and has exceptional depth. This strategy comes at the optimal time to assess what is best for this format moving into the (ICC T20) World Cup and beyond. UAE’s High-Performance unit believes this presents a solid opportunity to consider and open up all options – player make-up and Captaincy – to take the game forward."
Raza had a successful stint as captain of the T20I side. UAE are in the mix for automatic qualification for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier next year on the 50-over side, and the T20I side were imperious during their qualification to the T20 World Cup earlier in the year.
Raza has an outstanding record as T20I captain of the side, winning 18 of 27 matches at the helm. Since his permanent appointment in 2019, Raza's winning percentage in the format was an impressive 68%.
Rizwan comes into the role having played seven T20Is, scoring 100 runs at an average of just 16.66.
UAE feature on the opening day of 2022 T20 World Cup, meeting the Netherlands in Geelong in Group A of the first round.
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