In a startling development, Afghanistan’s promising fast bowler, Naveen-ul-Haq, has made the unexpected announcement that the upcoming World Cup in India will mark his final appearance in One Day International (ODI) cricket for his country. The 24-year-old pacer took to Instagram to reveal his decision to retire from the ODI format, leaving cricket fans around the world stunned.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Naveen expressed his gratitude for the honour of representing his nation. He wrote, “It has been an absolute honour to represent my country would like to announce my retirement from ODI format at end of this World Cup and will continue to wear this blue jersey in t20 cricket for my country it hasn’t been an easy decision to make but to prolong my playing career had to take this tough decision would like to thank @afghanistancricketboard. And all my fans for their support and unwavering love.”
Naveen’s decision to retire at the age of just 24 comes as a surprise to many cricket enthusiasts, given his young age and potential in the sport. He has been named in Afghanistan’s squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup, scheduled to commence on October 5. Notably, he was not part of the Afghanistan team that participated in the Asia Cup 2023.
Throughout his career, Naveen has not only been a prominent figure in the national team but has also made a significant impact in various franchise leagues across the globe. His skills as a fast bowler and his ability to perform on the big stage have earned him a strong reputation in T20 cricket.
Fans waiting for Naveen-u-Haq vs Virat Kohli clash at the CWC 2023
The cricketing world is buzzing with anticipation as the bitter rivalry between Naveen and India’s star batter Virat Kohli is set to be reignited in the ICC World Cup 2023. This clash is being touted as “bigger than India vs Pakistan,” with fans eagerly awaiting the showdown between these two fiery competitors. The rivalry between them initially sparked during a heated encounter in IPL 2023 but remained dormant during the Asia Cup due to Naveen’s absence from the squad. However, Afghanistan’s recent announcement of their 15-member World Cup squad has brought Naveen back into the spotlight, reigniting this intense cricketing rivalry.
As Naveen prepares to bid farewell to ODI cricket, his fans and the cricketing world will undoubtedly be watching his performance closely in the upcoming World Cup, cherishing the moments he provides before he embarks on a new chapter in his cricketing journey.
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