Noor Ali Zadran Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Noor Ali Zadran

Afghanistan batter Noor Ali Zadran announced his retirement from International cricket on March 07.

Noor Ali Zadran Announces Retirement

Noor Ali Zadran announced his retirement on Thursday bidding farewell after completing his international career more than a decade. He has featured in 2 Tests, 51 ODIs, and 23 T20Is for Afghanistan.

He made his test debut during the One-off Test on Afghanistan’s tour of Sri Lanka. He made his last appearance for Afghanistan in the recent one-off Test against Ireland.

After suffering a defeat in a One-off test against Ireland, Afghanistan secured victory in the first ODI match against Ireland on March 07 at Sharjah.

Afghanistan and Ireland will be playing their next ODI match on March 09 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

He smashed 1216 runs in ODIs with an average of 24.81 and scored 597 runs in T20Is with an average of 27.13.

Noor Ali started his career in April 2009 with Afghanistan’s inaugural ODI against Scotland, where he smashed 45 runs off 28 deliveries to set the stage for victory.

During his career, the half-century against India in the T20 World Cup in 2010 was a notable one. He also played a crucial role in Afghanistan’s triumph over Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup in 2016.

After playing in the 2019 ODI World Cup, he was recalled for T20Is during the Asian Games where he helped Afghanistan to make it to the finals to play against India.

He scored 39 and 51 runs in the Asian Games 2023 against Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively. However, due to poor weather conditions, the finals ended in a draw, with India winning the gold medal as the team with the top ranking.

In his farewell, Noor Ali said he will continue his cricketing journey in domestic cricket, representing Mis Ainak Knights, one of the eight regional first-class cricket teams in Afghanistan.