Gulbadin Naib is an Afghan cricketer who plays professionally. He was born in Puli Alam, Logar, Afghanistan, on March 16, 1991. Naib bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast medium pace.
Early Life and Career
Naib made his Afghanistan debut against Japan in Division Five of the 2008 World Cricket League. He was picked for the 2010 Asian Games squad two years later, but he only played one game, against Hong Kong. The Afghan team went on to win the silver medal in the final.
His To-Do List When the Afghan team visited Pakistan and played three unofficial One Day Internationals against Pakistan A, the Afghan team made their debut.
T20 Franchise Career
In September 2018, Naib was chosen to play for Balkh in the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League. Following the draught for the 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League, he was called to the Sylhet Sixer squad a month later.
In the 2011-12 ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day, Naib made his One-Day International debut against Canada. In the Cricket Canada Summer Festival, he made his Twenty20 debut against Trinidad and Tobago.
In the 2011-12 Twenty-20 Cup, he scored his first half-century for Faysal Bank. Against Faisalabad Wolves, he scored 68 runs off 42 bats. With his innings of 57 runs from 50 balls later that year, he helped Afghanistan win their third ACC Twenty20 Cup trophy.
When Afghanistan played Pakistan in 2012, he was a member of the squad that played in the country’s first One Day International against a full member Test-playing nation. Naib made his Twenty20 International debut against the Netherlands in the United Arab Emirates at the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier.
He was chosen for the tour of Ireland in June 2012. He made his first-class debut and scored 13 runs during this tour. He was included in Afghanistan’s squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in 2012 during their ODI against Australia in Sharjah. He was elected captain of the national team for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in April 2019.