Afghanistan star Mohammad Nabi to retire from Test cricket
Veteran Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi is set to retire after the ongoing Test match against Bangladesh. Nabi has made this decision likely to prolong his white-ball career. This is Nabi's third career Test match for Afghanistan. The 34-year-old has been a long servant of the side in its limited-overs cricket journey. Here is more in the same.
Nabi has been in the Afghanistan cricket circuit for a while now. He has featured in 121 ODIs and 67 T20Is. With the ICC World T20 in 2020, Nabi will be wanting to feature in the event. Also, he relates well with the white-ball format. That's a plus. He is a right-handed batsman and a crucial off-spinner.
Nabi's decision was confirmed by team manager Nazim Jar Abdurrahimzai. The latter told Cricbuzz, "Yes, he (Nabi) will retire after the ongoing Test match." One understands Nabi's decision here. Afghanistan aren't part of the ICC World Test Championship. Therefore, it's more crucial to look forward to the World T20 in Australia next year and ODI cricket as well.
Nabi didn't have a strong outing against Bangladesh in the first innings of his Test Test farewell. he scored a three-ball duck. However, he claimed two wickets during the Bangladeshi innings. Nabi hasn't quite made an impact in the three Tests Afghanistan have featured in.
Batting first, Afghanistan scored a promising 342/10. Rahmat Shah became Afghanistan's first Test centurion. He slammed 10 fours and two sixes. He was helped by Asghar Afghan (92). For Bangladesh, Taijul Islam claimed four wickets. In reply, Bangladesh had lost eight wickets for 146. However, Mosaddek Hossain is leading a vital fight back. Earlier, Mominul Haque slammed 52.