Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan has said that he decided to retire midway through the ongoing T20 World Cup as he and his teammates were deeply saddened by the loss to Pakistan in the previous match.
Afghanistan had suffered a five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the last match of the Super 12 stage with Asif Ali hitting four sixes in the 19th over to help his team win. Pakistan needed 24 runs to win in the last two overs.
Not even 24 hours into the match, Afghan announced his decision to retire after the match against Namibia. As a captain, he holds the record of winning most T20 Internationals.
Afghan, who has led Afghanistan in 115 matches, wiped his tears after the end of the first innings against Namibia, saying, “We were hurt a lot in the last match so I decided to retire.”
He said, “There are so many memories, it was difficult for me. But I had to retire. “
The thirty-three-year-old has played six Tests, 114 ODIs and 75 T20 Internationals (including the match against Namibia). He has scored 4246 runs in all formats.
Afghan scored 31 off 23 balls against Namibia on Sunday. “I want to give a chance to the youth. I think this is a good opportunity for this. A lot of people are asking me why right now but this is something I can’t answer. “
The ICC (International Cricket Council) has congratulated Afghan on an illustrious career in which he has played a vital role in taking his country forward in international cricket.
In all the seven major ICC tournaments that Afghanistan has participated in, this batsman has been a part of the team.
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardyce said: “Asghar has been a wonderful ambassador of the game and has played a key role in Afghanistan’s growth in world cricket.”
“On behalf of the ICC, I wish him all the best for his future and hope that he will continue to be associated with the sport in the days to come,” he said. “
Afghan captained the team in its first Test match against India in 2018.
Afghanistan will take on India on November 3 and then New Zealand on November 7.