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Tatenda Taibu congratulates world’s youngest Test captain Rashid Khan


Bipin Dani

Former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu has congratulated world’s new youngest Afghanistan Test captain Rashid Khan. 

Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan at the toss
Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan at the toss for the only test in Chattagram

Incidentally, on Thursday, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who, in his first Test as a captain (against Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

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Chattogram), is just 15-days short of his 21st birthday has broken Taibu’s world record, which he made against Sri Lanka at Harare in 2004. Taibu was just eight days away of his 21st birthday then.

Speaking exclusively over telephone from London, where Taibu now lives, said, “my congratulations to Rashid for becoming this record holder. Records are meant to be broken”.

Rashid had won the toss in his debut captaincy Test match.

“I was too young to really understand the achievement and with my character, I was more focused on the job at hand”.

“I am sure Rashid will have a lot to talk about. However, the main information I will relay to him is that he must always remember that he is a bowler before he is a captain”, he further added.

“It is possible that a young person can have a mature head above his shoulders and be successful as a captain. A very good example is Graeme Smith, who probably was the better of all us former young captains”, Taibu signed off.

South Africa’s Smith is the fifth youngest Test captain. He was 22 years 115 days old when he first led the Test side against Bangladesh at Chattogram in 2003.

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