Nabi steps down as Afghanistan captain



Mohammad Nabi has resigned as Afghanistan cap-tain citing his disappointment at the team’s prepara-tion for the T20 World Cup and disagreements with the selectors and management.

Afghanistan’s narrow defeat to Australia in Ade-laide on Friday saw them finish the World Cup with three defeats and two no-results, making them the only team to leave the tournament without a win.

Nabi, 37, took over as captain before the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE after Rashid Khan’s own resignation. Nabi had previously also been named captain in 2010, replacing batter Nawroz Mangal.

Rashid announced he had quit the role less than half an hour after the selectors had named their squad for that 2021 event, saying he had not been consulted.

Nabi’s latest tenure lasted 23 completed games, with 10 wins and 13 defeats. Afghanistan won their initial group at the Asia Cup immediately before the T20 World Cup, but then lost all three games at the Super Four stage and have now lost their last six completed matches.

“Our T20 World Cup journey came to an end, with a result that not us nor our supporters were expecting,” Nabi wrote in a statement posted on his Twitter account. “We are as frustrated as you are with the outcome of matches.

“From the last one year, our team preparation was not to a level that a captain would want it or needed for a big tournament.—Agencies


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