Afghanistan bowler Naveen-ul-Haq will retire from ODI after the World Cup

The fast bowler said in a social media post that he will continue to make himself available in T20Is

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Naveen-ul-Haq has not played any ODI match since 2021 getty images

Afghanistan fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq has announced that he will retire from ODIs after the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup in India.

Naveen, who made his international debut in 2016, has represented Afghanistan in seven ODIs and has taken 14 wickets at an average of 25.42.

While he remains a key player for the country in T20Is – he has played 27 matches in the format – Naveen has not played an ODI since 2021. It also prompted him to take a break from the 50-over format in 2022, so he can prepare “mentally and physically” for last year’s T20 World Cup.

Apart from internationals, Naveen has also played regularly in T20 leagues around the world including IPL, LPL, BBL and PSL.

Earlier this month, Naveen was named in Afghanistan’s 15-man squad for the World Cup, the first time he had been included in an ODI squad in more than two years. He is expected to be a part of their pace attack along with Fazalhaq Farooqui, Abdul Rehman and all-rounder Azmatullah Omarzai.

Naveen, 24, said in a message on social media that retiring was not an “easy decision” but he took the decision to “prolong his playing career”.

“It is an immense honor to represent my country and I would like to announce my retirement from the ODI format at the end of this World Cup and will continue to wear this blue jersey in T20 cricket for my country,” he said.

“It was not an easy decision to take, but I had to take this difficult decision to prolong my playing career, I would like to thank the Afghanistan Cricket Board and all my fans for their support and unwavering love.”

Afghanistan is set to begin its World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Dharamsala on October 7.

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