Afghanistan’s national cricketer Mohammad Nabi rose one rank from third place to second in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) all-rounder rankings after overtaking Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez who dropped from second to third place.
Nabi was previously ranked 3rd in the ODI all-rounding ranking while Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s leg-spinner, retained hisseventh place in the ICC’s all-rounder ranking.
Nabi has played in five different cricket leagues in the world including India’s Premier League (IPL) following his debut for the national team in a One Day International (ODI) against Scotland on April 19, 2009.
Nabi holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Afghan cricketer in Twenty20 Internationals.
Nabi hails from a well-to-do family that moved to Peshawar in Pakistan, seeking a safe haven during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Today he lives in Jalalabad in Nangarhar.
An efficient allrounder - a strong middle-order batsman who can bowl flighted offspin - Nabi's rise, like Afghanistan's, has been staggering.
He has been at the center of the Afghan team since their time in the ICC's World Cricket League Division Five, from where Afghanistan began their rise to the international stage.