On 10 February 2017 Afghan player Mohammad Nabi moved eight places up the ICC (International Cricket Council) ODI (One-Day International) rankings, making him the second best allrounder in current international One-Day cricket. Nabi has worked with Afghan Connection and Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation (AYCSO) since 2009 to coach and inspire the next cricket loving generation.
Cricket in Afghanistan has a made a stunning entrance to the game, coming from obscurity a decade ago playing in ICC's World Cricket League Division Five in 2008 to qualifying for the World Twenty20 in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and, recently, the 2015 World Cup. The side is now ranked 9th in International Twenty20 cricket as of January 2017. Nabi's rise, like Afghanistan's, has been remarkable. Former captain of the Afghanistan cricket side, Nabi fled to Peshawar in Pakistan, seeking safe haven from the Soviet War in Afghanistan. Nabi took up cricket at the age of 10 while living in Peshawar.
Honing his skills with endless sessions of tennis-ball cricket, he secured training at Arshad Khan's academy in Peshawar and made his competitive debut against Rahim Yar Khan Cricket Association in Pakistan's erstwhile Cornelius Trophy in 2003. As an effective allrounder - a strong middle-order batsman who also bowls offspin – he caught the eye Mike Gatting, former England player and current member of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Committee, with a century whilst on tour in India against a visiting MCC side. The exposure brought him valuable experience with the MCC, for whom he made his first-class debut, going on to play a major role in Afghanistan's progress to the World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa in 2009.
Nabi struck 58 against Scotland on his One-Day international debut and 102 in his first first-class game for Afghanistan, against a Zimbabwe team. Playing in 70 international One-Day contests, Nabi; with the bat, has made 1685 runs with an average of 29.56, with the ball, has taken 69 wickets with an economy rate of 4.28. In the ODI rankings he now has 331 points - 46 points short of Bangladeshi player Shakib al Hasan topping the table on 377 points. Afghanistan Cricket Board congratulated Nabi on his achievement, saying: “The leadership of the ACB congratulates Mohammad Nabi and the nation for his achievement.”