Afghanistan news February 17, 2016

Nabi takes PSL leave for Asia Cup T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Nabi played eight matches for Quetta Gladiators in the inaugural edition of the PSL © AFP

Mohammad Nabi is set to leave the Pakistan Super League and link-up with the Afghanistan squad ahead of their Asia Cup T20 qualifier clash against United Arab Emirates in Fatullah on Friday.

Nabi, who made an unbeaten 12-ball 30, including a last-ball four to help Quetta Gladiators clinch a thriller against Lahore Qalandars in Dubai on Tuesday night, played eight matches for the franchise. The former Afghanistan captain and allrounder will be replaced by Nathan McCullum, the New Zealand offspinning allrounder, for the remainder of the tournament that concludes on February 24.

McCullum, who announced his plans to retire from international cricket at the end of the 2015-16 seasom, last played for New Zealand during the tour of Sri Lanka in August 2015. He has been a regular member for Otago, who finished runners-up in the domestic T20 competition, with McCullum finishing the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker for his side.

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  • Musty on February 24, 2016, 7:56 GMT

    Nabi should be captain and asghar unless he performs better he he too should leave the team bring in new talent there are plenty even in the bench you have younger talent give them permanent place in the squad rwmove these old garbages who don't perform, this is ridiculous dragging the team down

  • Tipu on February 18, 2016, 16:53 GMT

    Yes.His appearance is more important for his National Team,rather than in any League.He is the most senior player in Afghan Team,and he will also show his good performance in this Asia Cup 2016.Good Luck to the Both Teams.

  • Cricket on February 18, 2016, 12:53 GMT

    Best of luck Nabi with Afghan team. Hope you keep performing and stunning other team as you did in PSL.

  • Hamid Zazai on February 18, 2016, 9:02 GMT

    Nabi is best Afghanistan

  • Pierre on February 18, 2016, 6:44 GMT

    No ESPN Cricinfo news or reviews of this International T 20i 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier which begins tomorrow in Fatullah . 3 countries in next months ICC T 20 WC are playing . So whats Cricinfo's explanation ? Wny not ?

  • Faraz on February 18, 2016, 6:07 GMT

    ...huh!? no disrespect, but someone who is a one hit wonder and we need an article on this changeover ?

  • Mohammad Khan on February 18, 2016, 6:05 GMT

    Great Nabi weldone now Afghanistan need you to perform great job for your country good luck

  • Zahirshah Haidari on February 18, 2016, 4:59 GMT

    hopefully he will perform well in Asia cup qualifiers,,,,,

  • Imran on February 17, 2016, 22:07 GMT

    Good luck mate.. Thanks for playing in PSL.. And hello to Mccullam.. Queta is very smart in player selection. Looking to forward to remaining PSL matches. It has been very entertaining so far.

  • Sunny on February 17, 2016, 18:24 GMT

    @SHEREHIND the same Zimbabwe that Bangladesh only drew their T20 series just last month?

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