Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Asghar Afghan to retire after Namibia clash. Afghan holds the record of most T20I wins as captain
Afghan holds the record of most T20I wins as captain
Asghar Afghan has announced his retirement from international cricket and will play his final match against Namibia in the T20 WC on Sunday. The 33-year-old played six Tests, 114 ODIs and will bring curtains to his career with 75 T20Is. He's scored 4215 runs across formats and led Afghanistan in 115 matches.
Afghan was the first Afghanistan Test captain when they made their debut against India in 2018. He led the side to two wins and two losses while he was at the helm of the red-ball side. In 59 ODIs as captain, Afghan bagged 34 wins and 21 losses in 59 matches while he won 42 off the 52 matches as T20Is captain. Afghan made his ODI debut against Scotland in 2009 and his T20I debut against Ireland in 2010.
Afghan holds the record of most T20I wins as captain and went past MS Dhoni record of 41 wins when Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi in March this year. He also holds the record for most consecutive matches for a captain (46) in T20Is.
Afghan, in his final Test, struck his highest score of 164 against Zimbabwe and was involved in a 307-run stand with Hashmatullah Shahidi (200 not out). The partnership turned out to be crucial as Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets after posting 545 in the first innings. His only ODI ton came in 2017 when he made 101 against Ireland and helped the team ease to a 34-run win.
Afghan was appointed captain in place of Mohammad Nabi soon after the 2015 World Cup and held the position for four years. He was replaced as captain by Gulbadin Naib ahead of the 2019 World Cup. In December 2019, Afghan started his second stint as captain but was once again removed in May this year.
Afghanistan have won one and lost one match in Group 2 so far in the T20 WC 2021. They are second in the standings, behind unbeaten Pakistan.
Afghanistan Cricket Board @ACBofficials @ACBofficials welcomes and respects his decision, expresses gratitudes for his services to the country. It will take a lot of hard work for young Afghan cricketers to fill his shoes. 1/2 05:04 PM • Oct 10, 2021