T20 World Cup 2021: “I wanted to give the opportunity to the young people who come”
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Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan announced his retirement from international cricket. His announcement came in the middle of the ICC T20 2021 World Cup at the age of 33.
The country’s most successful captain, Asghar, claimed that his decision was motivated by the intention to give way to the youth. Speaking during the mid-inning break, Asghar Afghan said:
“I wanted to give the young people the opportunity to come and we have played the best cricket, but this is a good opportunity for the young people to introduce themselves. Most of the people have been asking me the same question, something that is difficult to explain. But since the last game it was difficult for us and that is why I have decided to leave cricket at this stage. “
Asghar Afghan signed with a valuable 31-on-23 shot against Namibia and propelled his team to a challenging total. Afghanistan recorded 160 runs after opting to hit first in a must-win game.
“It is very difficult to decide on retirement” – Asghar Afghan
A teary-eyed Afghan from Asghar emphasized that it was a difficult decision to make, but felt it was the right time to move away from international cricket.
“Many memories, but it is very difficult to decide on retirement, I know there are many legends in cricket looking at me, but this is a difficult moment to explain, but I have to retire,” concluded Asghar Afghan.
Asghar Afghan was the team captain when Afghanistan made its test debut against India in 2018. He led his country to two wins and losses each while in command of the team.
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The 33-year-old also has 34 ODI and 42 T20I wins to his credit. He also holds the record for the most T20I victories as captain, beating MS Dhoni’s 41 victories.
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