Abu Dhabi:Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan, who was also a key part of this T20 World Cup squad, announced his retirement from international cricket after Sunday’s match against Namibia. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) also accepted this and respected his decision.

The 33-year-old did not get a chance to bat in Afghanistan’s 130-run win over Scotland. While he scored only 10 runs against Pakistan, Afghanistan had to face defeat in that match. In his last T20I, he scored 31 runs in 23 balls which included 3 fours and a six. After his dismissal, the team gave him a guard of honour.

This was Asghar’s 75th T20 International, scoring 1382 runs in this format at an average of 22.18 and a strike rate of 115.37.

Asghar’s international career started with an ODI match against Scotland in 2009. Asghar has scored 2424 runs in 114 ODIs at an average of 24.73 and a strike rate of 66.77. Asghar had the responsibility of captaincy in the first Test match of Afghanistan, this Test match against India was played in Bangalore in 2018. Asghar has scored 440 runs in six Tests at an average of 44.

Asghar is known as a better captain than a batsman. He still holds the record for most wins as a captain in T20 Internationals. He has captained Afghanistan in 52 T20 Internationals and during this time he has led the team to 42 victories. Whereas in this list, former India captain MS Dhoni stands after Asghar with 41 wins.

Asghar was stripped of the captaincy in 2019 and then the Afghanistan board had made different captains for different formats. Rahmat Shah was made the captain of the Test, while Gulbadin Naib was given the command of ODI and T20 on the shoulders of Rashid Khan. However, in December 2019, Asghar was once again appointed as the captain of all formats. But after a few months, the captaincy was taken back from him once again.

Difficult to accept Afghan retirement: Rashid

Afghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan on Sunday said that former captain Asghar Afghan has been his mentor and it is difficult for him to accept his sudden decision to retire in the middle of the T20 World Cup.

Afghanistan bid their former captain a good farewell with a resounding 62-run win over Namibia and kept their semi-final hopes alive in the tournament.

Rashid tweeted, “It is very difficult to accept the decision of retirement of great player Asghar Afghan. He has been a mentor to me and many youngsters in the team. Their achievements and sacrifices cannot be compared. You will be greatly missed brother. ”

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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