Mohammad Nabi steps down as the captain of the Afghanistan cricket team

Mohammad Nabi - Afghanistan

Following a heartbreaking elimination from the ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022, Mohammad Nabi has decided to step down as the captain of the Afghanistan national cricket team. Nabi made this announcement by sharing a post on his social media platform.

Afghanistan got knocked out of the ongoing T20 World Cup following a last ball defeat against Australia in the group stages. Rashid Khan’s splendid last minute efforts went in vain as the team fell short by just 4 runs. The loss marked the end of the Afghanistan campaign in this tournament. Moreover, Afghanistan was winless in this tournament. They lost the opening game to England. Luck did not favor them either, as 2 matches were washed out due to rain, and they were left with 2 points. Afghanistan finished last in Group 1.

Mohammad Nabi’s performance as a player has been below average for a while now. He failed to deliver in this tournament and in the Aisa Cup before that. Hence, he was on the receiving end for a long time. As a result, this was due coming.

“Team manager, selection committee, and I were not on the same page,” Mohammad Nabi

Mohammad Nabi, in an explosive letter, has hit out at the selection committee and the management for not giving him the freedom to make decisions as a captain. He said that the disagreement resulted in imbalanced team combinations, which in the end affected the team’s performance.

“From the last one year, our team’s preparation was not to a level that a captain would want it or needed for a big tournament. Moreover, in some of the last tours, the team manager, selection committee, and I were not on the same page. This had implications on the team balance”

“Will continue to play for my country,” Nabi clarifies that he will continue playing

The 37-year-old further refuted the retirement conjectures. He added that he will be available for selection as a player if and when the management and team need his services.

“Our T20 World Cup journey came to an end, with a result that not us or our supporters were expecting. We are as frustrated as you are with the outcome of matches. Therefore, with due respect, effective immediately, I announce to step down as a captain. And will continue to play for my country when the management and team need me”

As of now, Rashid Khan is the front runner to claim the empty spot as of now. Afghanistan will tour Sri Lanka next, and the selection committee has 2 weeks to announce Nabi’s replacement.

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