Rashid Khan has decided to step down as skipper and the Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi is all set to take up the challenge of the new captain of the Afghanistan cricket squad. The new skipper is all fired up to lead team Afghanistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 tournament scheduled to start on October 17th. Afghanistan Cricket Board named Rashid Khan as the captain for the tournament while announcing the Afghanistan team for World Cup. A few minutes after the announcement by ACB, Rashid Khan tweeted that he will be stepping down as captain as his consent was not taken by the selection committee before announcing the squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 to be played in UAE and Oman.
Mohammad Nabi has been given the responsibility by Afghanistan Cricket Board to lead the Afghan cricket squad for World Cup as he is one of the most experienced players on the team. Afghanistan is placed in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup Schedule 2021 alongside India, Pakistan, and New Zealand.
Mohammad Nabi is an all-rounder, playing as a right-handed batsman and off-break bowler. He has been instrumental in Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket over the years. He was the skipper of Team Afghanistan during their first appearances in the 2014 Asia Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Nabi has also played several tournaments in the T20 format and was the first player from Afghanistan to be selected in the Indian Premier League player auction. In August 2020, Mohammad Nabi was inducted as a member of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
Nabi started playing competitive cricket for Team Afghanistan in 2003. Nabi played for Afghanistan in a tour match against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in Mumbai in 2006 and scored 116 which resulted in a huge win for Afghanistan. His stupendous performance was noticed by former English Test captain Mike Gatting who inducted him in the MCC’s Young Cricketers program in England. While playing for MCC, Mohammad Nabi made his first-class debut in a match against Sri Lanka A in 2007 and scored 43 runs in the first innings.
Mohammad Nabi played his maiden first-class match for Afghanistan in the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Cup against a Zimbabwe XI, scoring a century and taking 3 wickets for 90 runs in the first innings. He continued to be an important part of Afghanistan’s team in the Intercontinental Cup, and also played a crucial role for the team in the 2010 ICC World T20 Qualifier.
In March 2013, Afghanistan Cricket Board appointed Mohammad Nabi as the captain for ICC Intercontinental Cup in the UAE. Under his captaincy, Afghanistan went to the 2014 Asia Cup, their first-ever major international ODI tournament. Nabi remained captain through the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but due to poor form in the World Cup, he resigned as captain in April 2015.