Mohammad Nabi set to retire from Test cricket

Nabi, who has been influential in Afghanistan's rise in international cricket, announced his decision to retire from Test cricket at the end of third day's play against Bangladesh.

Mohammad Nabi (c) announced his retirement from Test cricket on Saturday.   -  PTI

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi is all set to retire from Test cricket after the ongoing one-off game against Bangladesh.

Nabi, who has been influential in Afghanistan's rise in international cricket, announced his decision at the end of third day's play.

"Indeed Test Cricket is an important format that every cricketer wishes to play. I have served Afghanistan for the last 18 years and it was my dream as well to help Afghanistan obtain Test status.

"The dream is realised now and we have a maximum of 1-2 Tests per year and I want that instead of me a youngster gets to play since the emerging youngsters are performing well in domestic cricket, therefore I want them to get the chance they deserve so that we have a good Test team in the future as well," Nabi told the Afghanistan Cricket Board's official channel. 

 

Nabi, who has been a hit in the IPL and the Big Bash T20 leagues further said that he will continue to represent his country in the ODIs and T20Is. 

"I also intend to be well prepared for these two formats. These are white ball formats which I will try to maintain my fitness. I will strive to play ODIs and T20Is for Afghanistan as long as I am able to," he said. 

The all-rounder who has represented Afghanistan in 2 Tests, 121 ODIs and 68 T20Is said that he will share his experience with the youngsters.

"I will share my experience with youngsters like I have done before as well whether in the camp or the ones who will be with me in the ODI or T20I squads," he said.