Naveen-ul-Haq has made a comeback to Afghanistan’s ODI squad after an absence of more than two years.
Afghanistan’s fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq announced his retirement from ODI cricket following the conclusion of the World Cup. Naveen-ul-Haq made a comeback to Afghanistan’s ODI side after a gap of more than two years. He has participated in seven ODIs so far, claiming 14 wickets with an average of 25.42, and his best bowling figures are 4 for 42. His last ODI appearance was in January 2021.
Taking to Instagram, Naveen-ul-Haq expressed his sentiments, saying, “It has been an absolute 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 proudly wear this blue jersey in T20 cricket for my country.”
Naveen garnered attention from Indian fans after a heated exchange with renowned Indian batsman Virat Kohli during the previous edition of the Indian Premier League.
Naveen boasts an extensive track record in various T20 leagues worldwide. He has participated in England’s Vitality Blast, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL), as well as a stint in Sri Lanka’s LPL. Additionally, he played for the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL and led the Afghanistan U-19 team in the 2018 World Cup, where India, led by Prithvi Shaw, emerged victorious.
His exceptional performance in the 2021 Vitality Blast stood out, leading the wicket-taking charts with 26 dismissals in 14 matches for Leicestershire at an economy rate of 8.67.
Notably, Naveen made headlines last year when he temporarily withdrew from ODIs to prepare for the T20 World Cup held in Australia. In a statement, he explained his decision, stating, “I have chosen to step away from ODI cricket immediately. This decision is driven by my commitment to preparing myself both physically and mentally for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.”
Naveen is renowned for his pace and an array of deceptive slower deliveries, including a particularly effective back-of-the-hand variation. His unorthodox variations and tricky action have often troubled batsmen in the IPL.