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    Asghar Afghan Guard of Honor, Farewell; Great victory for Afghanistan against Namibia

    Asghar bids farewell to international cricket after winning the last match he played for Afghanistan. With a convincing 62-run victory over Namibi in the Twenty20 World Cup, the teammates gave their former captain the farewell he deserved. Score: Afghanistan 160–5 in 20 overs; Namibia 98–9 in 20 overs.

    Afghanistan are now second in the table behind Pakistan after beating newcomers Namibia in the third match of the Super 12. The best net run rate is +3.097) which is a positive factor for Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s next matches are against New Zealand and India. Even if they win one of these matches, Afghanistan has a semi-probability.

    Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat in the third match in a row. They put up a good total and then crushed the Namibian batting line-up. All-rounder David Weiss (26 off 30 balls) was Namibia’s top scorer. All the other batsmen were disappointed.

    Naveen-ul-Haq, Hameed Hasan, Gulbadil Naib and Rashid Khan, who took three and four wickets apiece, were the main contributors.

    Mohammad Shehzad (45 off 33 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes), Hazratullah Sasi (33 off 27 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes) and former skipper Asghar Afghan (31 off 23 balls with 3 fours and 1 six) were the openers. (32 not out off 17 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six) were Afghanistan’s leading scorers.

    Namibia kept Afghanistan at bay in the middle overs but were bowled out for more in the death overs. Shehzad and Sasi added 51 runs for the first wicket.

    For Namibia, leg-spinner Nicole Lofty Eaton took 2 for 21 in 4 overs. Left-arm pacer Ruben Trempelman, who conceded 34 runs in 4 overs, also took 2 wickets. Jonathan Smith took one wicket.

    After announcing his retirement on Saturday, Asghar Afghan ended his career on a positive note as Afghanistan beat Namibia by 62 runs in their T20 World Cup clash on Sunday. The former skipper said that he is leaving Afghanistan cricket in good hands.

    KEY HIGHLIGHTS

    • Asghar Afghan had announced his retirement from all forms on Saturday
    • In his last game, Afghanistan beat Namibia by 62 runs to give him the perfect farewell
    • The former Afghanistan skipper has scored 1382 runs in 68 T20I innings

    Asghar Afghan, former Afghanistan skipper, announced his retirement from all formats of the game on Saturday. The T20 World Cup clash against Namibia was the last game of his cricketing career. Fortunately for him, the game ended in a victory for Afghanistan as they beat Nambia by 62 runs on Sunday. 

    Post the win, Asghar Afghan was optimistic about Afghanistan cricket scaling greater heights with a platform set to progress even further. As Afghanistan put up a total of 160/5 batting first, the right-hander contributed with his 31-run knock. The score proved to be way more than enough as Namibia were kept down to 98/9 eventually. Naveen-ul-Haq and Hamid Hassan picked three wickets while Gulbadin Naib grabbed two. With the players coming through nicely in the team, Asghar Afghan believes he is leaving the side in good spirits. 

    “To be honest, trust me, Afghanistan cricket is in very safe hands, and cricket will improve definitely. For all the supporters from the last few years and the newcomers that are supporting us, I believe that Afghanistan cricket will improve more day by day, and trust me that will show,” the 33-year-old said in an official ICC release.

    After the defeat to Pakistan, Afghanistan ensured that their campaign got back on track with a fine win over Namibia. They have made a strong come back and stay at the second position on the points table with two wins from three matches so far. 

    Walking out for one last time, it was an emotional day for Asghar Afghan. The enthusiastic Afghanistan fans also cheered for him from the stands as he received a guard of honour onto the field. Later on, when he was dismissed, he was greeted with handshakes as he made his way back. 

    “I announced my retirement last night, so I received a lot of messages from my fans and colleagues how they were unhappy,” Afghan stated. “It’s a very hard decision when you get to retirement, but I decided for my youngsters they should come. It was too important, and they should come and feel the pressure of the World Cup,” he further added.

    Afghanistan are pretty much in contention to enter the knockout stages, for the very first time in a major ICC event in seven attempts, if they manage to push through. They will be up against India in their next game on Wednesday, which promises to be an exciting clash. 

    #  Asghar Afghan Guard of Honor …

    Asghar Afghan, who was batting in the last international, was given a guard of honor by the Namibian players. The 33-year-old Afghan had earlier announced his retirement from international cricket after today’s match.

    He has played 6 Tests, 114 ODIs and 75 Twenty20 Internationals for Afghanistan. He has led Afghanistan to 115 matches in all formats of cricket. When Afghanistan made their Test debut in 2018 against India, Afghanistan was still the captain. Asghar made his international cricket debut in 2009 in Afghanistan.

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