Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq announced on Wednesday that he won't play in the 50-over format any longer after the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023, set to get underway on October 5 in India. However, the 24-year-old will continue to wear the national jersey to participate in the T20Is. Naveen has played only seven ODIs so far and picked up 14 wickets at an average of 25.42. He last played a 50-over fixture for the country back in January 2021, against Ireland in Abu Dhabi. Naveen-ul-Haq made his debut against Bangladesh in September 2016.
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"It has been an absolute honour to represent my country would like to announce my retirement from ODI format at the 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 Afghanistan cricket board And all my fans for their support and unwavering love," Naveen posted on Instagram to announce the news.
He was directly involved in a heated argument with Virat Kohli during the IPL last year. Due to his spoiled behavior, Naveen became embroiled in a lot of controversy. Since then, Afghanistan have ignored him as well as the fans from the different nations across the world. Afghanistan will begin their World Cup campaign against Bangladesh on October 6 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq