Noor Ali Zadran, the Afghanistan batter has announced his retirement from international cricket

Noor Ali Zadran

On Thursday, Noor Ali Zadran, Afghanistan’s ODI cap No.9, bid farewell to international cricket, concluding a career that spanned two Test matches, 51 ODIs, and 23 T20Is.

Zadran, known for his impactful 28-ball 45 in Afghanistan’s inaugural ODI against Scotland at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in 2009, played his final match last week at the Tolerance Oval in the Test match against Ireland. The 35-year-old opener leaves the international stage with 1216 runs in ODIs, including a century and seven half-centuries. His T20I journey began in 2010, and he participated in his last T20I in 2023.

Notably, Zadran surprised many by making his Test debut earlier this year, earning a maiden call-up to the longest format of the game.

Adding a personal touch to his Test journey, Zadran received his Test cap from his nephew and fellow teammate Ibrahim Zadran. The pair then showcased their synergy with an impressive opening stand of 106 in the second innings of the Test match.

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