Asghar Afghan one of the ‘shining stars’ of Afghanistan cricket, always brought glory: Mohammad Nabi

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Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi paid tribute to his former skipper Asghar Afghan, who is set to retire from international cricket after their match against Namibia in the T20 World Cup on Sunday.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board said it welcomed and respected Afghan's decision and thanked him for his service.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board said it welcomed and respected Afghan’s decision and thanked him for his service. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Asghar Afghan captained the team in their first-ever Test match
  • Afghanistan Cricket Board announced that Asghar will be retiring after Sunday’s match
  • Afghan made his debut in 2009 and captained Afghanistan in their transition into a Test-playing nation

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi paid tribute to teammate Asghar Afghan, who will retire from all forms of international cricket after their match against Namibia in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. Nabi, who was among many players who played under Afghan as Afghanistan transitioned into a Test-playing, said that Afghan brought glory to the country with “full sagacity”.

“Its sad 2 learn abt my good friend & brother Asghar’s retirement.He is 1 of d shining stars of Afghan cricket & history will remember his achmnts.He as a player & captain always brought glories wd full sagacity to our nation. May u alwys shine&b successful n evry stage of ur life (sic.),” Nabi said in his tweet.

The 33-year-old Afghan made his international debut in 2009 in a one-day game against Scotland in Benoni and has 2,424 runs from 114 games in the 50-over format at an average of 24.73. He has also scored 1,351 runs in 74 T20 internationals at an average of 21.79.

Afghan captained his country in their maiden idINKBN1JB1ER test match in Bengaluru in 2018 and played six games in the game’s longest format, scoring 440 runs.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board said it welcomed and respected Afghan’s decision and thanked him for his service. “It will take a lot of hard work for young Afghan cricketers to fill his shoes.”

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