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Nabi to retire from Test cricket

Afghanistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has announced retirement from Test career as he wants to make way for the country’s young stars to take centre stage in the longer format of the game.

The 34-year old shared the message with the cricket world through a video statement released by Afghanistan Cricket Board. Nabi said, “Test cricket is an important format that every cricketer wants to play. I have served Afghanistan for the last 18 years. It was my dream as well to help Afghanistan obtain Test status and that dream is realised now.”

Afghanistan Cricket Board broke the news on their social media account and said, “Experienced all-rounder @MohammadNabi007 announced his retirement from Test cricket confirming that the ongoing one-off match against @BCBtigers will be his last in the longest format.” Nabi is currently playing the only Test in Bangladesh and in all likelihood, Afghanistan will win the match.

Nabi has been a key part of his nation’s rise in world cricket. He was featured in Afghanistan’s first-ever T20I and ODI, and their maiden Test match against India in 2018. He saw the side’s first Test win, a seven-wicket victory in Dehradun against Ireland in March 2019. He has been one of the mainstays of the newcomers in world cricket and now he wants to move on from Test cricket and help the next generation to get more opportunities.

His last action for his country in the five-day format will be in the ongoing Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. But he confirmed that he would continue to represent his nation in the shorter formats. Nabi has so far collected four wickets and scored eight runs in his last Test match. Afghanistan are looking all set to a victory in Chittagong and Nabi can expect one or two more scalps added to his name.

Nabi recalled his experience of playing for Afghanistan and talked about his dream in the message. “I have served Afghanistan for the last 18 years. It was my dream as well to help Afghanistan obtain Test status and that dream is realised now. We have a maximum of 1-2 Test per year and I want, instead of me, that a young player gets to play, since the emerging youngsters are playing well in domestic cricket. I want them to get the chance they deserve so that we have a good Test team in the future as well.”

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