Nabi to retire from Test cricket after Bangladesh game

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

Nabi to retire
Mohammad Nabi is set to bid goodbye to Test cricket after playing only 3 Tests. The all-rounder didn’t announce his decision before the game, but Afghanistan’s team manager announced it after the end of first day’s play in the ongoing Test against Bangladesh.

Team manager Nazim Jar Abdurrahimzai said: “Yes, he [Nabi] will retire after the ongoing Test match.”

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Nazim didn’t want to answer anything further as he expects the player to announce his retirement in the coming days. The decision may have come in because the all-rounder wants to concentrate more only in the limited-overs format.

The 34-year all-rounder has only a few years under his belt to play international cricket and he wants to make the most use of it playing in ODIs and T20Is. Afghanistan are not in the inaugural World Test Championship anyway. However, their next Test is on November-December against West Indies in Dehradun.

Taking retirement from Test cricket to concentrate on the limited-overs format is turning out to be a trend. Recently, South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker Dale Steyn and Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir also announced retirement from Test cricket to concentrate on white-ball cricket.

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