Afghanistan’s Nabi calls time on Test career

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s seasoned all-rounder Mohammad Nabi announced that he was retiring from International Test cricket in order to make way for the country’s young stars to take centre stage.

The 34-year old has been a key part of his nation’s rise in world cricket, featuring in Afghanistan’s first-ever T20I and ODI, before appearing in their landmark maiden Test match against India in 2018.

He also featured in his side’s first Test win, a seven-wicket victory in Dehradun over fellow red-ball newcomers Ireland in March 2019, but having helped Afghanistan rise rapidly through the ranks in recent years, he feels like now is the time to pass the torch.

His last action for his country in the five-day format will be in the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

“Test cricket is an important format that every cricketer wants to play,” Nabi said in a video statement released by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.