Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi recently decided to quit captaincy from national team’s white-ball format on Friday (November 4). The announcement came in after Afghanistan’s four-run loss to Australia at the Adelaide Oval in the ongoing T20 World Cup. With just two points from four matches in Group 1, Afghanistan were already eliminated from the Super 12 stage even before their final group stage game versus Australia.
Mohammad Nabi was named captain of Afghanistan after Rashid Khan stepped down from the role after the squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup was announced. Nabi led Afghanistan in 35 T20I matches in two separate stints from 2013 to 2022 and the team won 16 times and lost 19 games.
Mohammad Nabi decides to quit captaincy
After an hour passed from the defeat against Australia, the all-rounder took to his official Twitter handle to announce his decision to quit the captaincy.
In a shocking decision, Mohammad Nabi revealed that he had differences with the team management and the selectors over the past year. The 37-year-old also hinted at his future with the Afghanistan team.
While making the announcement to step down from Afghanistan’s captaincy role, Nabi wrote:
“Our T20 World Cup journey came to an end, with a result that not us nor our supporters were expecting. We are as frustrated as you are with the outcome of the matches. From the last one year, our team preparation was not to a level that a captain would want it or needed for a big tournament.”
“Moreover, in some of the last tours the team management, selection committee and I were not on the same page which had implications on the team balance. Therefore, with due respect, effective immediately I announce to STEP DOWN as a CAPTAIN & will continue to play for my country when the management & team need me.”
While thanking the supporters of the Afghanistan cricket team, Nabi wrote:
“I thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart who came to the grounds despite matches being affected by the rain and those who supported us worldwide, your love truly means a lot to us,” Nabi signed off.
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) November 4, 2022