T20 World Cup 2021: Asghar Afghan announces retirement; Afghanistan’s next match v Namibia to be his last

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Afghanistan veteran and former captain Asghar Afghan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. His last match for the country will be on Sunday (October 31) against Namibia in the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

In what will be a must-win match for Afghanistan, the team would love to give a winning send-off to their former captain as well as enhance their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.

“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 Afghan has played six Tests, 114 ODIs and 74 T20Is for Afghanistan. The right-handed batter made his debut against Scotland in 2009.

He led Afghanistan in four Tests, 59 ODIs and 52 T20Is winning two Tests, 34 ODIs and 42 T20Is respectively.