Nawroz Mangal organised a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, where he made the official announcement of his international retirement © Getty Images (File Photo)
Nawroz Mangal organised a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, where he made the official announcement of his international retirement © Getty Images (File Photo)

Former Afghanistan skipper Nawroz Mangal on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Mangal will continue to lead the selection committee of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). Mangal organised a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, where he made the official announcement of his international retirement. However, the ACB members and officials stated that Mangal will remain as the chief of the ACB selection panel. Mangal has played 49 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and scored 1,139 runs. He has also featured for Afghanistan in 30 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), and scored 454 runs with a strike rate of 110.

Mangal enjoyed a successful career for Afghanistan. In 49 ODIs, he scored 1,139 runs at 27.11 with two centuries and four fifties. However, in 30 T20Is, he managed only two fifties. He was also a handy right-arm off-break bowler, as he claimed 8 ODI wickets at 29.37 and 4 T20I wickets at 20. Mangal played 14 First-Class matches and in 24 innings, he scored 832 runs at 37.81 with one century and five half-centuries.. He made his ODI debut against Scotland in 2009, while his final ODI appearance was in 2016 against Bangladesh in October.

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Mangal made his T20I debut in 2009 against Ireland, while his final match came against Oman in July 2015. Mangal’s retirement comes right after ACB elected a new a new chairman in 2016. ACB President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani made the appointment of the new chairman, while Atif Mashal replaced Nasimullah Danish, reported Khaama Press.

Mangal was the captain when Afghanistan won their first ODI against Scotland in 2009. In 2010, he scored his maiden First-Class ton against Kenya scoring 168.  Mangal’s best performance came against the same opposition in March 2013 when he hit an unbeaten 112 to help his team to a seven-wicket win in an ODI. In the same year, Mangal’s overall form saw him lose the captaincy to Mohammad Nabi.

Under Mangal as captain, Afghanistan played 22 ODIs. They won 12 while lost 10. In 13 T20Is, Afghanistan won 6 and lost 7 with Mangal as captain.