Mohammad Nabi, all-rounder of Afghanistan has been inducted as one of the four board members of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). ACB is the official governing body of cricket in Afghanistan being the country’s representative at ICC and was an associate member of ICC from 2013 until becoming a full member in 2017.
Afghanistan were granted Test nation status in 2017 sharing honours with Ireland as for the first time, two nations were granted Test status together. They played their first Test match in 2018 against India, but lost it within two days. ACB was founded in 1995 and became a full member on 22nd June 2017.
Mohammad Nabi inducted into ACB
The other three members of ACB include current Minister for Women’s Affairs, Hasina Safi, Member of Parliament from Kandahar Rohullah Khanzada and senior advisor to the first vice- president of Afghanistan Haroon Mir.
“The members who were replaced include Minister for Urban Development and Land Mohammad Jawad Paikar, former Deputy Minister of Industries and Commerce Kamela Siddiqui, former Minister for Transport Hamid Tahmasi and former Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad Shukrullah Atif Mashal,” read a release from ACB.
The ACB Board consists of nine members in total. In addition to the newly introduced members, the others include the Board Chairman Farhan Yusefzai, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Zia-ul-Haq Amarkheil, Senator Gulalai Noor Safi, former Deputy for Cultural Affairs at the Administrative Office of the President Faraidoon Elham and business tycoon Abdul Rahman Alokozay.
Afghanistan played its first 50 overs World Cup in 2015 and won one match versus Scotland. Afghanistan has also played in 3 T20I World Cups in 2010,2012 and 2014.
Mohammad Nabi’s Performance And Contribution
In September 2019, Mohammad Nabi took retirement from Test cricket but opted to continue playing white-ball limited overs cricket for his country. Mohammad Nabi had captained Afghanistan in limited overs matches playing as a right handed batsman and off break bowler. He played both Afghanistan’s first ever One Day International in 2009 and first ever Test match in 2018. He also was the captain during the national teams first appearances during 2014 Asia Cup and 2015 World Cup.
ACB announced that Mohammad Nabi would lead Afghanistan in ICC intercontinental cup in UAE in 2013 and even won the match versus Bangladesh in their first major ODI tournament the 2014 Asia Cup. Mohammad Nabi remained captain through the 2014 T20I World Cup and 2015 World Cup but resigned as captain in 2015.