Asghar Afghan received a guard of honour from the Namibia cricket team when he walked out to bat for the last time for Afghanistan in international cricket on Saturday, October 31. Having announced his retirement a day earlier, Afghan scored a 23-ball 31 in his team's first innings effort of 160/5.
Asghar Afghan had announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, stating that the team's T20 World Cup 2021 clash against Namibia in Abu Dhabi would be his last. The 33-year-old, who walked out to bat after the dismissal of Rahmanullah Gurbaz, received a guard of honour from the Namibia cricket team. The former Afghanistan captain scored 31 off 23 balls with three fours and a six.
Earlier, Mohammad Nabi opted to bat first and openers Hazratullah Zazai (33) and Mohammad Shahzad (45) partnered for a 53-run stand in 6.4 overs, before the former fell to JJ Smit in the seventh over. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (4) and Najibullah Zadran (7) couldn't contribute much, but Afghan and Nabi (32* off 17) guided the team to 160/5 at the end of 20 overs.
Asghar Afghan is one cricketer I admire the most, one of the most selfless cricketer World had ever seen, did everything for the rise of the Afghanistan and taken the team to aaj new level. You'll be missed champion #asgharafghan #Legend @ACBofficials #Afghanistan #AfgvSco #WT20 pic.twitter.com/Brj6NVvqST— Arun tiwari (@Aruntiwarii1) October 31, 2021
Emotional moment for Asghar Afghan as he batted in his last innings for Afghanistan.😢💔 pic.twitter.com/fGUrhFc1ZA— ShaYan Vfc (@ShaYanVK18) October 31, 2021
WHAT A GESTURE!
Namibia shows a great gesture by not celebrating the wicket of Asghar Afghan 🙌— FirstSportz (@SportzFirst) October 31, 2021
Afghanistan team also gave him guard of honour as they finished on 160/5 🔥#Namibia need 161 to win & it won't be easy task for them.#namvafg #asgharafghan #T20WorldCup #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/bE7K9BcUSB
Asghar Afghan was in tears after playing his final International innings. pic.twitter.com/MIuCNAG6Y7— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 31, 2021
SPIRIT OF CRICKET!
"I want to give chance to youngsters now. It is the right time for the youngsters come forward." - Asghar Afghan— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) October 31, 2021
Afghanistan former cricket captain Asghar Afghan got retired from cricket, 🇦🇫 😟— Muhammad Riaz (@Riazmarwat_) October 31, 2021
That's very very sad moment for cricket fans 😔 because he has some issues that he can't explain.#Cricket #AFGvNAM #t20worldcup2021 #asgharafghan