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Afghanistan Veteran Noor Ali Zadran Announces International Retirement

Noor Ali Zadran in action [X.com]Noor Ali Zadran in action [X.com]

In a significant move that resonates throughout the cricket world, Noor Ali Zadran, the veteran Afghanistan cricketer, has announced his retirement from international cricket. 

The 35-year-old, known for his top-order batting skills in ODIs and T20Is, leaves a legacy of remarkable achievements.

During his illustrious career, spanning over a decade, Noor Ali Zadran represented Afghanistan in two Tests, 51 ODIs, and 23 T20Is. His journey began in 2009, when he made a memorable debut in ODIs against Scotland, showcasing his batting class with a quick-fire 45 off 25 balls.

Noor Ali's versatility and consistency earned him accolades, including his remarkable performance in the 2010 T20 World Cup, where he played a crucial role for Afghanistan. 

He was also among the players who featured in Afghanistan's inaugural official ODI match back in April 2009. His highest point came with a half-century against India in the T20 World Cup in 2010, which was Afghanistan's first World Cup appearance.

Notably, Noor Ali's final appearance in international cricket was in a one-off Test match against Ireland, where he opened the batting with his nephew Ibrahim Ali Zadran. Despite the defeat, it was a poignant moment for the veteran cricketer.

With a total of 1930 runs across all formats, including 11 half-centuries and a century, Noor Ali carved his name among Afghanistan's cricketing elite. His contributions extended beyond the field, serving as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers in his homeland.

Noor Ali's retirement announcement came ahead of the first ODI against Ireland, where he received a special guard of honour from his teammates. Despite not being part of the squad, his impact on Afghan cricket remains profound.

Looking ahead, Noor Ali intends to continue his cricketing journey in domestic cricket, representing Mis Ainak Knights. As the oldest Afghanistan player to make his Test debut, Zadran's legacy will endure, leaving an indelible mark on the sport he loves.

In his farewell, Noor Ali expressed gratitude for the support and opportunities throughout his career, signifying the end of an era in Afghanistan cricket.