Afghanistan news March 1, 2013

Mohammad Nabi named Afghanistan captain


Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan allrounder, will lead the side in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in the UAE, after Nawroz Mangal was stripped of the captaincy following his dismal show in the limited-over series in Pakistan last month. Mangal had led the side for more than four years.

Afghanistan, in the recent tour of Pakistan, failed to make an impact under Mangal, losing the limited-over series against the Pakistan 'A' team and various regional sides. Mangal, however, was retained in the 18-man squad named ahead of the international fixtures against Scotland in UAE, with wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad named as vice-captain.

Nabi, 28, who skipped the Pakistan tour to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, was the top wicket-taker for Sylhet Royals, taking 18 wickets in 14 matches at 19.27. This is not the first time Nabi has been handed the captaincy, as he was earlier named captain for the Asian Games in 2010 where Afghanistan finished runners-up, losing to Bangladesh in the final.

They will head to the UAE to play two Twenty20 internationals against Scotland at Sharjah, starting March 3, followed by two ODIs in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. From March 12, the team will play a first-class match against the same opponents in the sixth edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which is to be held in Abu Dhabi.

Squad: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (vice-capt & wk), Karim Sadiq, Nawroz Mangal, Javed Ahmadi, Mohibullah Paak, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbodin Naib, Hamza Hotak, Dawlat Zadran, Izatullah Dawlatzai, Aftab Alam, Mirwais Ashraf, Afsar Zazai, Shabir Noori, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hassan and Asghar Stanikzai

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Aj-Khan on March 3, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    good move by ACB hopfully nabi captaincy brings sucess to afghan Cricket Team . in this tour my eyes will be on nabi,gulbadin hammed hassan and hamza i think these 4 will do good-- good luck afghaistan love u hope they finish on top 2 spot bez the top two teams will qulify 4 nxt world cup atomaticly.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    salam to every one this is good the afghanistan captan has been change nowroz was the good captain in last few years but now afghanistan need to be experience captan because afghanistan have important games in this year and we hopely afghanistan will played very well in this year and future also thnx

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    i am really happy about this that Mangal handover captaincy to one of the best all rounder of the Cricket world M.Nabi Best of Luck M.Nabi

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Mohamed Nabi played very well in BPL in Bangladesh. he deserves caiptaincy. hope he and the whole team will do better performance . best of luck for nabi and afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    we are very happy about that bro hope u will do better

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    according to ACB Shamshad Tv will cover the T20 Matches live and then ICC will cover the ODI live so hopefully they are right and do cover the games wish you all the best Afghanistan

  • Lutfullah on March 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I am glad that my email to Cricinfo about being less attentive to reporting the Afghan cricket affairs had an impact straight away. Thank you for taking your readers feedback into account!

  • safi on March 1, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    mohmmad nabi is good allronder and hope to be a good captain too

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    this is a gd step by ACB Mangal did well in the past now it's time for Nabi to lead the side hope he will do well in the future .that's a good chance for Mangal to work on his form he didn't bat well in Pakistan so now he can work on his batting of luck Nabi

  • Azooz on March 1, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Gud LuCk Nabi and Ol da best Afghanistan. A must win series for Afghanistan.

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