Mohammad Nabi Unavailable for BBL Finals After Afghanistan Call-up

Mohammad Nabi Unavailable for BBL Finals After Afghanistan Call-up

Mohammad Nabi, BBL 2018-19

Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Mohammad Nabi will be unavailable for the Big Bash League semifinal stages after he was called up for national duty. The BBL finals will begin from February 14 and Nabi will not be able to partake in the knockout stage. The talisman all-rounder will join his national teammates in India for the series against Ireland.

Afghanistan and Ireland will lock horns with each other in three T20Is, five One Day Internationals and one Test match. All the matches will take place at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Team in Dehradun. The first match would begin on February 21.

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Nabi called for national duty.

Subsequently, Andrew McDonald, who is the coach of Melbourne Renegades showed his disappointment to lose a player like Nabi at the crucial juncture of the tournament.

“We’re disappointed to lose a player on the eve of the finals series but we understand the rules around international call-ups and know there can be some unpredictability around when players are called into camp,” Renegades coach Andrew McDonald said. “Nabi has been a valuable contributor throughout the season and his skills with bat and ball as well as leadership abilities will be missed.

Nabi was instrumental in Renegades success.

Mohammad Nabi, BBL 2018-19

Mohammad Nabi. Credits: Getty

“We are proud of the way we have been able to cover the absence of key players throughout the season and we’re confident in the depth of our squad. There is now an exciting opportunity for someone to come into the team and play an important role for us.”

Meanwhile, Mohammad Nabi was instrumental in getting to Melbourne Renegades to the next stage. The Afghanistan all-rounder scored 228 runs and took eight wickets for the Renegades in the ongoing Big Bash League season.

Melbourne Renegades is currently in third place with 16 points under their bag. Renegades will take on Sydney Sixers in the elimination final. On the other hand, Rashid Khan will also return for the national duty. However, his team Adelaide Strikers failed to qualify for the next stage.