Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after topping the wicket-taking charts during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.
Off-spinner Nabi took 13 wickets at a strike rate of a wicket every 9.69 balls to help Afghanistan win the tournament and secure their place in the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean later in the year.
Nabi also stroked an unbeaten 43 to help set up Afghanistan's opening-day win over Ireland before taking two for 25. He then made up for a golden duck against Scotland with two for 27, smashed 25 and took two more wickets during the victory over the United States of America.
That qualified Afghanistan for the second phase of the tournament, during which he took three for 23 during Afghanistan's only defeat at the hands of the Netherlands, three for 17 during the win over the UAE which confirmed their place in the West Indies and then in the final against Ireland, he picked up the wicket of William Porterfield before Afghanistan took an eight-wicket win.
Other contenders for the award were his team-mates Noor Ali and Mohammad Shahzad, Irish players Alex Cusack and Niall O'Brien, Australian captain Ricky Ponting and South African fast bowler Dale Steyn.
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