It was an honor to represent my country. I would like to announce my retirement from the ODI format at the end of this World Cup and will continue to wear that blue jersey in T20 cricket for my country, Naveen wrote on Instagram.
It was not an easy decision but to extend my playing career I had to take this difficult decision. I would like to thank @afghanistancricketboard and all my fans for their support and unfailing love.
Naveen infuriated many Indian fans after he clashed with India’s star player Virat Kohli during the last series of the Indian Premier League.
Naveen has experience of playing in T20 leagues around the world. He has played for Vitality Blast in England, CPL in the Caribbean and BBL in Australia, as well as LPL in Sri Lanka and for Quetta Gladiator in the PSL. He also captained the Afghanistan U-19 team at the 2018 World Cup, which India won under Prithvi Shaw.
He has also loftedled the Vitality Blast wicket tally in 2021, picking up 26 wickets in 14 matches for Leicestershire at an economy rate of 8.67.
He was in the news last year when he took a break from ODIs to prepare for the t20 World Cup held in Australia.
I have taken the decision to take a leave of absence from ODI cricket with immediate effect, his statement said. My decision is due to the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia later this year and I want to prepare myself physically and mentally for the event.
Naveen offers pace and plenty of slow variations, including a powerful backhand slow delivery. His awkward variations have caused trouble for batsmen in the IPL.