‘I am all good’: Afghanistan cricketer Mohammad Nabi squashes death rumours
Only a few hours after the hoax started, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) shared pictures of Nabi training alongside his team at the Kabil Stadium.Updated: Oct 05, 2019, 22:31 IST
The Afghanistan cricket fans were left stunned on Friday after reports started circulating on social media that allrounder Mohammad Nabi has passed away. The rumours started doing the rounds that the 34-year-old veteran passed away after suffering a heart attack. Only a few hours after the hoax started, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) shared pictures of Nabi training alongside his team at the Kabil Stadium.
Despite the images, the rumours continued to spread throughout the day, with ACB maintaining a complete silence on the subject matter. Eventually, Nabi himself went on to Twitter, to squash the rumours.
“Alhamdulillah I am all good, a news disseminated by some media outlets about my demise is FAKE. Thank you,” Nabi wrote on his official Twitter handle.
The all-rounder, who has retired from Test cricket, believes making Rashid Khan the skipper across formats will augur well for the team.
“It’s all about the team combination. Before the World Cup, the board members changed the old captain and the combination didn’t work in the World Cup,” Nabi said. “Here with Rashid Khan as captain, he has the ability to lead the team. Besides that, me and Asghar (Afghan) support him a lot.”
Nabi also believes it was the sudden change of captaincy before the World Cup which led to their dismal performance in the showpiece event held in England and Wales. Just before the World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board had removed Asghar Afghan from captaincy and made Gulbadin Naib the skipper of the national team for the quadrennial event.
Afghanistan failed to win even a single game out of all the nine matches they played in the group stage of the tournament and ended at the bottom of the points table.
(With agency inputs)