Former Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan announces his retirement from all forms of international cricket. Asghar Afghan has announced that he will play his last international match against Namibia on 31st October 2021. Afghanistan will take on Namibia on Sunday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium after facing a five-wicket loss against Pakistan.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board announced this news on Sunday through their official twitter handle.
“Afghanistan’s ex-captain Asghar Afghan who holds the highest winning streak as a captain in T20 internationals surpassing Indian legend MS Dhoni by one extra win, decides to bid farewell with all formats of cricket in Afghanistan’s third match against Namibia at T20WC,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) tweeted.
“@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,” it added.
Asghar has played 6 tests, 114 ODIs and 74 T20 matches for his country so far. The 33-year-old has scored 440 runs in test cricket. He has also scored 2467 runs in ODI format so far. In T20 internationals, the right hander has scored 1327 runs so far. Asghar is the third highest run getter for Afghanistan in T20Is while he is the fourth highest run getter in ODIs in his country.
He has smashed two centuries so far in international cricket. He has smashed 3 half centuries in the longest format of cricket. The player also has 12 half centuries in his name in ODI format. He also has 4 fifties to his name in T20Is.
The right-handed batsmen came debuted for Afghanistan way back in 2009 against Scotland. He played his first test match against India in June 2018. Asghar has also led his side in international cricket in a couple of occasions. Asghar’s 12-year long journey will end on Sunday.