T20 World Cup: Asghar Afghan says he retired suddenly after Pakistan loss ‘hurt too much’

Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan on Sunday revealed that he decided to abruptly retire from international cricket as Pakistan’s defeat was “very hurt”.

Wiping tears from his eyes, Asghar Afghan answered the question on everyone’s mind: Why did he decide to retire midway through the T20 World Cup?

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“In the last match [against Pakistan] we got hurt a lot and that’s why I decided to retire,” he said.

Afghan said one of the reasons he hung up his boots was to give young Afghanistan players a chance to earn respect for their team.

He said, “I want to give a chance to the youth. I think this is a good opportunity for him. Most of the people are asking me why now, but it is something I can’t explain.”

Afghan said it was difficult for him to point to a single memorable moment, adding that there were too many.

Asghar played a quick 31-run knock at 23* in his last international match for Afghanistan. His side won the game against Namibia by 62 runs after losing to Pakistan on Friday.

Afghanistan played well against Pakistan and at one point also put pressure on the green shirt. However, a late Asif Ali blitz lifted the curtain on Afghanistan as the pinch-hitter smashed four sixes in an over to ensure Pakistan’s victory.

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