Mohammad Nabi has stepped down from leadership duties after Afghanistan’s heartbreaking loss against Australia in their last T20 World Cup 2022 fixture on Friday (November 4) at the Adelaide Oval. The experienced all-rounder struggled with both bat and ball in the mega event as Afghanistan finished their campaign without a single win.
Nabi, 37, bowled only one over against the mighty Aussies where he conceded 14 runs but failed to take a wicket and then managed to score only one run as well. He scored just 17 runs and took one wicket in three innings in the tournament despite showing some promising shows in the warm-up matches.
However, after the game, Mohammad Nabi posted a Tweet where he apologised to fans for Afghanistan’s poor show in the marquee event. He also expressed that he will continue playing for the nation as well. Nabi also added that the selection committee, team management and he were not on the same page which also affected the team balance.
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) November 4, 2022
“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 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,” he wrote.
“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. 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. Long live Afghanistan,” Mohammad Nabi wrote in his Tweet.