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Mohammad Nabi resigns as Afghanistan captain after victory-less T20 WC campaign | Cricket

Just hours after Afghanistan’s narrow defeat to Australia in their final group stage match of the T20 World Cup, Mohammad Nabi announced his decision to step down as captain of the side. The all-rounder announced his resignation on his official Twitter profile.

Nabi will continue to represent Afghanistan “when management and team need me.”

The all-rounder also revealed that Afghanistan’s “team management, the selection committee and I were not on the same page”, ultimately affecting the squad’s preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“Our T20 World Cup journey came to an end, with a result that we and our supporters did not expect. We are just as frustrated as you are with the outcome of the matches,” Nabi wrote at the beginning of his statement.

“From last year, our team preparation was not at the level a captain would want or need for a major tournament. In addition, on some of the last tours the team management, the selection committee and I were not on the same page which affected the team balance.

“Therefore, with all due respect, I can announce with immediate effect that I am going DOWN as CAPTAIN and will continue to play for my country whenever the management and team need me.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart who came to the field despite the rain that hit the games, and those who have supported us worldwide, your love really means a lot to us. Long live Afghanistan,” Nabi wrote.

Afghanistan endured a winless campaign at the T20 World Cup; of their five matches, the side conceded three losses, while two of their matches (against New Zealand and Ireland) were washed out. In their final group game of the tournament against Australia, Afghanistan came close to a 168-run chasing loss, but a batting order collapse during the final overs of the game left them four runs short in Adelaide.

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