Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi on Monday bid farewell to Test cricket with his head held high after his side notched up a convincing 224-run win against Bangladesh in the lone Test to give the veteran player a winning send-off.
Nabi, one of the pioneers of Afghanistan cricket, announced on the first day of the match in Chattogram that this will be his last Test match as the 34-year old wanted to concentrate more on the shorter formats.
In his final outing Nabi failed to impress with the bat, scoring eight runs with a duck in the first innings, but chipped in with the ball, claiming 4-95 in the match to aid his side in a memorable win.
Nabi termed playing Test cricket as a dream come true but wanted to step aside to give the younger generation more chances in the Test arena and focus more on his one-day international and twenty20 international career.
‘I had the dream to play Test cricket for Afghanistan. We have worked really hard for that in a short time, not 13 to 14 years, we have achieved that target in eight to seven years,’ Nabi told reporters at a post-match press conference in Chattogram.
‘We struggled a lot, we had to prepare mentally, combine a team combination. We have played Inter-Continental Cup for three times and we won twice and were runners-up once. It’s a very good result and because of that ICC gave us Test status.
‘I am very happy to be part of that generation of Afghanistan. My plan is that the youngsters would be prepared for next Tests as they are the future for us. That’s why I leave Test matches and focused for one-day internationals and T20s,’ he said.
Since earning their Test status in 2017, Afghanistan have took part in three Tests and won two of them, a feat they share only with Australia, which was a testament to their ability in the longest format felt Nabi and believed Afghanistan has a bright future in the format.
‘It’s a historical win because in this format, we are new. We have played only three games against India, Ireland and Bangladesh and we won two games. It means we are good in this format and it means that our domestic structure is strong.
‘The youngsters, the way they are playing, the way they are adjusting to the condition, it’s really a brilliant team. Maybe it’s a bright future as well for the youngsters to play in this format,’ Nabi said.
Nabi concludes his Test career with 33 runs and eight wickets in three matches