Former Afghan Skipper Announces Retirement From Int’l Cricket, To Serve Country As ACB Chief Selector
Former Afghanistan skipper Nawroz Mangal has announced retirement from the international cricket while briefing a media gathering in Kabul on Tuesday and was eventually appointed as the Chief Selector of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) after replacing Dawlat Ahmadzai, who is going to be a member of Discipline Committee.
“From now on, the Selection Committee is an independent, autonomous and professional committee. They will select the national squad for international games with full impartiality and will provide reasons for their selection,” said Shukrullah Atif Mashal, who became ACB chairman in December 2016.
The significant move came after Afghanistan fast bowler Shapoor Zadran had questioned and criticised Afghanistan Cricket Board for leaving him out of several series.
Under the tutelage of 32-year-old Mangal, Afghanistan won their first One-day international against Scotland in 2009.
Mangal scored his maiden first-class hundred against Kenya in 2010.
In 2013, the middle-order batsman Mangal lost his captaincy spot to Mohammad Nabi after hitting unbeaten 112 against Kenya in an ODI to set a seven-wicket win for his team.
Afghanistan has played 22 ODIs under the captaincy of Mangal in which they won 12 and lost 12. In 13 Twenty20 International games Afghanistan won 6 and lost 7.
ACB head Mashal has also announced Hasti Gul Abid as the new chief of the Discipline Committee.
Afghanistan gained the status at the World Cup Qualifiers 2009 as Mangal was leading his national side after the team was formed in 2001.
In 2010, the 32-year-old Mangal debuted in T20s against Ireland and played his last game in July 2015 against Oman.
In 2009, in ODIs the part-time spinner debuted against Scotland at Benoni in 2009 and played the last game in October 2016 against Bangladesh.
The Kabul-born Mangal has played 49 ODIs in which he scored 1,139 runs. He has played 30 T20Is and scored 454 runs.
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