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Mohammad Nabi is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Afghanistan squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Mohammad Nabi, who made his one-day international debut on 19-Apr-09, had played 111 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 99 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 2565 runs, having faced 2942 balls, at an average of 29.15 and a strike rate of 87.19. He was unbeaten in 11 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 116. He had 1 centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name. In the bowling department, Mohammad Nabi had bowled 5279 balls and taken 118 wickets while conceding a total of 3747 runs. He had an average of 31.75 and an economy rate of 4.26 His best ODI bowling performance was 4/30.

Mohammad Nabi is an all-rounder from Afghanistan who plays as a right-handed batsman and off break bowler. He played a major role in Afghanistan's rise to the top level of international cricket, playing in both their first One Day International in April 2009 and their first Test match in June 2018. He captained the side during their first appearances in the 2014 Asia Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Nabi has also played in numerous Twenty20 franchise tournaments and was the first player from Afghanistan to be selected in the Indian Premier League player auction.

 
He started playing cricket in Peshawar at the age of 10, and his family moved back to Afghanistan in 2000, where he began playing cricket with Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Afghan and Shapoor Zadran, all of whom would later become important members of the Afghan national team. 
 
In 2006, Nabi played for Afghanistan in a tour match against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in Mumbai, India. He top-scored for Afghanistan with 116 in a big win, and was noticed by former English Test captain Mike Gatting. Nabi was then included in the MCC's Young Cricketers programme in England. While with the MCC Nabi made his first-class debut in a tour match against Sri Lanka A in 2007.
 
Mohammad was part of Afghanistan's "staggering" rise from Division Five of the World Cricket League to One Day International status. 
 
This began in the 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five, Division Four and Division Three following which they progressed to the 2009 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Nabi was instrumental throughout in the team's triumph.
 
He played a crucial role for the team in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, through which Afghanistan qualified for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.
 
Ahead of the 2010 Asian Games, Nabi was appointed Afghanistan's captain. Afghanistan finished the Asian Games runners-up after losing the final to Bangladesh.
 
Under his captaincy, Afghanistan went to the 2014 Asia Cup, their first ever major international ODI tournament. During the tournament they defeated Bangladesh in just their fourth match against a Test nation. Nabi remained captain through the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but due to poor form he resigned as captain in April 2015.
 
Nabi was promoted to play at number 3 during the bilateral ODI series against Zimbabwe. He found his form in the series and scored his maiden ODI century and 223 runs during the series to be named the player of the series. Afghanistan won the series 3-2, the first time an associate team had ever beaten a full member in a bilateral series.
 
Nabi took on major responsibility in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 to help Afghanistan win against Hong Kong and Zimbabwe in the group stage. Nabi was the man of the match in both these matches and Afghanistan advanced to the Super 10 round. Nabi performed strongly in Afghanistan's match against England as they almost caused a major upset.
 
He made his Test debut for Afghanistan, against India, on 14 June 2018. In February 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's Test squad for their one-off match against Ireland in India. In 2019, in first T20I against Ireland he won the man of the match for his 49 runs and 2 wickets. In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup
 
Nabi holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Afghan cricketer in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). On 15 March 2018, during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier match against the West Indies, he became the first bowler for Afghanistan to take 100 wickets in One Day Internationals (ODIs). In August 2018, during Afghanistan's tour of Ireland, he became the first cricketer for Afghanistan to play in 100 ODI matches. It was also the 100th ODI to be played by the Afghanistan cricket team
 

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