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Gulbadin Naib is a professional Afghan Cricketer who plays for Afghan Cheetahs in domestic cricket. Naib is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler. Since 2012, he began making appearances in International matches. In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Naib replaced Asghar Afghan as the new ODI (One Day International) captain.
|Date of Birth
|16 March 1991
|Pol-e Alam, Logar, Afghanistan
|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
|Around $4 million
Gulbadin Naib Early Life and Background
Born on 16 March 1991, Gulbadin Naib hails from Pol-e Alam, Logar, Afghanistan. He holds Afghan nationality, and his zodiac sign is Pisces. Stand 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall. Unfortunately, Gulbadin Naib has not shared his family details and educational background.
Earlier, before cricketing, Naib was into bodybuilding. Naib stated Arnold Schwarzenegger to be one of his inspirations. He also took part in the documentary Out of the Ashes, which showed the team’s preparation for the tournament and their lives back in Afghanistan.
Gulbadin Naib Career
In the 2008 World Cricket League Division Five, Gulbadin Naib debuted for Afghanistan with five appearances. However, later went to the filming industry for two years which cost him his place on the Afghan side. Then, he made his List A debut for Afghanistan on tour to Pakistan. Later on, he played three unofficial ODI games against Pakistan A.
In the 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day, Naib made his official ODI debut against Canada. He made his Twenty20 debut against Trinidad and Tobago in the Cricket Canada Summer Festival. In 2011, he made three appearances when the Afghan Cheetahs team formed. In the tournament, he scored his maiden Twenty20 half-century.
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In the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup final, his 57 runs in 50 balls helped prevail against Hong Kong, winning the third ACC Twenty20 Cup title. The following year, he played an ODI against Pakistan at Sharjah. Pakistan won by seven wickets. For the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier, Naib was selected for Afghanistan’s fourteen-man squad.
He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) against the Netherlands in the Qualifiers, followed by two more T20I appearances. Later after the tournament, Naib played against the Netherlands again in an ODI format. He was a member of Afghanistan’s squad for their tour of Ireland in July 2012.
The first match got canceled due to rain but followed with his maiden ODI wicket in his second match. Then, in the Intercontinental Cup fixture, he made his first-class debut.
In August 2012, he played a second ODI for Afghanistan against Australia. As a result, he was named in Afghanistan’s squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka as the match proceeded. However, his team lost to England by 119 runs as he was the only Afghan batsman to pass double figures.
After a draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League, he was named the Sylhet Sixers team. Later captained Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup.
In April 2019, he became the captain of Afghanistan’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Naib took his first five-wicket haul and took six wickets for 43 runs against Ireland in his second ODI. On 24 June 2019, he played his 100th International match, followed by his 1,000th run in ODI cricket.
At the end of 2021, he was named in Afghanistan’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
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Gulbadin Naib Relationship Status
Gulbadin Naib is a married man, though he has not shared with whom he walked down the aisle. Because of this reason, the couple likes to keep personal things confidential from the public eye.
Naib and his wife are blessed with a son. Naib shares photos with his son on his socials but has not shared his wife’s face.
Gulbadin Naib Net Worth
Naib worked in the film industry for two years and started cricket daily. Throughout the years, he has accumulated a decent amount of money.
Online sources claim his net worth is around $4 million as of 2021.
Gulbadin Naib Social Media
Gulbadin Naib is an active social media user. Naib is available on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In addition, he shares his cricket games and pictures with his son and friends on Instagram.
Naib goes by @gulbadin.naib on Instagram with 91.7k followers, @GbNaib on Twitter with 190.2k followers, and Gulbadin Naib on Facebook.