Gulbadin Naib

Ghulbadin Naib (; born 16 March 1991) is an Afghan cricketer. Naib is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm fast-medium. In April 2019, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) named Naib as the team's new One Day International (ODI) captain ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, replacing Asghar Afghan.[1][2] However, following the Cricket World Cup, where Afghanistan lost all of their matches, Rashid Khan was named as the new captain of the Afghanistan cricket team across all three formats.[3]

Gulbudeen Naib
ګلبدين نایب
Personal information
Born (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 30)
Puli Alam, Logar, Afghanistan
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 24)9 August 2011 v Canada
Last ODI26 January 2021 v Ireland
ODI shirt no.11
T20I debut (cap 15)14 March 2012 v Netherlands
Last T20I10 March 2020 v Ireland
Domestic team information
2011/12Afghan Cheetahs
2017Boost Defenders
2018–presentBalkh Legends
2019Sylhet Sixers
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 58 38 5 91
Runs scored 888 432 313 1,645
Batting average 21.65 19.63 52.16 24.92
100s/50s 0/5 0/1 0/3 1/8
Top score 82* 56* 88* 100
Balls bowled 1,878 264 460 2,831
Wickets 51 9 14 79
Bowling average 32.25 43.77 23.28 32.21
5 wickets in innings 1 0 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/43 2/24 5/29 6/43
Catches/stumpings 11/– 17/– 6/– 20/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 January 2021
Medal record

Early life and careerEdit

Gulbadin Naib was born in Puli Alam in the Logar Province of Afghanistan.[4][5] He made his debut for Afghanistan against Japan in the 2008 World Cricket League Division Five, where he made five appearances.[6] He took part in the documentary Out of the Ashes which followed the team's preparation for the tournament and their lives back in Afghanistan; Naib is shown body building in a Kabul gym and stating Arnold Schwarzenegger to be one of his inspirations.[5] Two years after the filming of the documentary, following which Naib lost his place in the Afghan side, he was selected as part of Afghanistan's squad for the 2010 Asian Games, playing a single match in the games against Hong Kong.[6] Afghanistan won the silver medal in the competition. He made his List A debut for Afghanistan when they became the first side to tour Pakistan since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team. Naib played in two of the three unofficial One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Pakistan A.[7]

International careerEdit

Naib made his One Day International debut against Canada in the 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day.[8] Later in the tour he made his Twenty20 debut against Trinidad and Tobago in the Cricket Canada Summer Festival, making a further appearance during the festival against Canada. Later in 2011, he played for the newly formed Afghan Cheetahs team in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup 2011-12, making three appearances in the competition against Rawalpindi Rams, Faisalabad Wolves and Multan Tigers.[9] He scored his maiden Twenty20 half century during the tournament, scoring 68 from 42 balls against Faisalabad Wolves.[10] In December 2011, his score of 57 runs from 50 balls in the final of the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup helped Afghanistan to an 8-run victory over Hong Kong, securing Afghanistan their third ACC Twenty20 Cup title.[11][12]

Naib later featured in Afghanistan's first One Day International against a Full Member Test-playing nation when they played Pakistan at Sharjah in February 2012. Naib scored 7 runs in the match, before becoming one of Shahid Afridi's five wickets. Pakistan won the encounter by 7 wickets.[13] He was selected as part of Afghanistan's fourteen man squad for the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier held in the United Arab Emirates in March 2012.[14] During this tournament, Naib made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against the Netherlands, and made two further T20I appearances,[15] as well as subsequently playing a further six Twenty20 matches against nations in the qualifier who themselves did not hold Twenty20 International status.[9] He scored 86 runs in the qualifier, at an average of 13.50, with a high score of 26 not out.[16] Shortly after the tournament, he featured in two ODIs against the Netherlands in the World Cricket League Championship.[8]

In July 2012, Naib was selected as part of Afghanistan's squad for their tour of Ireland as part of their Intercontinental Cup commitments.[17] He played in both of the team's World Cricket League Championship ODIs against Ireland.[8] Although the first match was abandoned due to rain, in the second match he claimed his maiden ODI wicket when he dismissed Niall O'Brien, and scored 19 runs from 23 balls before being dismissed by George Dockrell, Ireland winning the match by 59 runs.[18] He also made his first-class debut during the tour in the Intercontinental Cup fixture,[19] which saw Naib dismissed for 13 runs in his only innings of the match by Alex Cusack, while in Ireland's first-innings he took the wicket of Andrew Balbirnie to finish with figures of one for 33 from six overs.[20] In August 2012, Naib featured in Afghanistan's second ODI against a full-member when they played Australia at Sharjah.[8] In Australia's first-innings of 272/8, he bowled two overs which conceded 18 runs, and during the innings he ran out David Hussey. In Afghanistan's chase, he scored a quickfire 22 from 17 balls, which included three sixes, before he was dismissed by James Pattinson, Australia winning by 66 runs.[21] During the match, Naib was named in Afghanistan's squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September 2012. He scored 44 against England, and was the only Afghan batsman to pass double figures as the English won by 119 runs.[22]

In April 2019, he was named as the captain of Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[23][24] In May, just ahead of the World Cup, in the second ODI against Ireland, Naib took six wickets for 43 runs. It was his first five-wicket haul and the third-best figures by a bowler for Afghanistan in ODIs.[25] On 24 June 2019, in the match against Bangladesh, Naib played in his 100th international match for Afghanistan.[26] In the same match, he also scored his 1,000th run in ODI cricket.[27]

T20 franchise careerEdit

In September 2018, Naib was named in Balkh's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[28] The following month, he was named in the squad for the Sylhet Sixers team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[29] He was the captain of Afghanistan in 2019 world cup.


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  3. ^ "Rashid to captain Afghanistan across formats, Asghar appointed his deputy". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ Gulbadin Naib Profile.
  5. ^ a b Berry, Scyld (22 March 2012). "Afghanistan cricketers on the fast-track to Test status after World Twenty20 success in Dubai". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Other matches played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  7. ^ "List A Matches played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d "One-Day International Matches played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Twenty20 Matches Played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Afghan Cheetas v Faisalabad Wolves, 2011/12 Faysal Bank T-20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Ireland v Afghanistan, 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  12. ^ Nixon, Andrew (11 December 2011). "Afghanistan win ACC Twenty20 again". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  13. ^ Sundar, Nitin (10 February 2012). "Afridi sets up victory against spirited Afghanistan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  14. ^ "Squads for World Twenty20 Qualifier". 18 February 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  15. ^ "International Twenty20 Matches played by Gulbadeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Twenty20 Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Gulbadeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Squads announced for fourth round of Pepsi ICC WCL Championship and I Cup". International Cricket Council. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Ireland v Afghanistan, 2011–13 ICC World Cricket League Championship". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  19. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Gulbadeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  20. ^ "Ireland v Afghanistan, 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  21. ^ "Afghanistan v Australia, 2012". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  22. ^ "Hamid Hassan returns for Afghanistan". ESPNcricinfo. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  23. ^ "Hamid Hassan picked in Afghanistan's World Cup squad; Naib to captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Asghar Afghan included in Gulbadin Naib-led World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  25. ^ "Shahzad ton as Afghanistan tune up for World Cup with series-levelling victory". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  26. ^ "ICC World Cup 2019: Match 31, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan – Statistical Preview". Crictracker. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  27. ^ "Afghanistan vs Bangladesh live cricket score and updates, AFG vs BAN Match 31". Cricket Country. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  28. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.

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