Had the dream to play Test cricket for Afghanistan: Nabi

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi had an iconic farewell as his side won their first away Test match and that too in their third game.

Mohammad Nabi
As much as no one didn’t expect Mohammad Nabi will retire from the longer format of the game after playing just three games, no one would have expected that the all-rounder will get an iconic farewell gift in his last ever Test.

With two sessions spoiled due to rain, Afghanistan had only 18 overs to make history and they did in style against the hosts Bangladesh. With only 4 overs to spare, they clinched the thriller courtesy of Rashid Khan and spinner’s brutal performance.

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A delighted Nabi said in the press conference that playing Test cricket for Afghanistan was always a dream.

“I had the dream to play Test cricket for Afghanistan. We have worked really hard for that in a short time. Not last 13 to 14 years, we have achieved that target seven to eight years. We struggled a lot, we had to prepare mentally, combine a team combination. We have played the Inter-Continental Cup three times and we won twice and were the runners-up once. It’s a very good result and because of that the ICC gave us Test status. And I am very happy to be part of that generation of Afghanistan.”

“My plan is that the youngsters should be prepared for the next Tests as they are the future for us. That’s why I have decided to leave Test matches and focus on One-Day internationals and T20s,” he said.

Nabi also had words full of praise for his team-mates after pulling off a tremendous victory.

“It’s a historic win because in this format, we are new. We have played only three games against India, Ireland and Bangladesh and we won two games. It means we are good in this format and it means that our domestic structure is strong. The youngsters, the way they are playing, the way they are adjusting to the conditions, it’s really a brilliant team. Maybe it’s a bright future as well for the youngsters to play in this format.”

“We had a 10-day preparation camp in Abu Dhabi. The experience for the first five days was terrible as the temperature was 46-47 (degrees Celsius). And when we came here, there was humidity but it was not that hot. We adjusted very quickly in these conditions. The preparation for the Test match was really good. That’s why the boys have performed both in batting and bowling departments,” he concluded.

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