Nawroz Mangal

Nawroz Khan Mangal
Personal information
Full name Nawroz Khan Mangal
Born (1984-11-28) 28 November 1984
Kabul, Afghanistan
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Middle-order batsman
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 30 22 13 53
Runs scored 721 283 832 1,278
Batting average 31.34 14.15 39.61 28.40
100s/50s 1/3 0/0 1/5 1/6
Top score 112* 36 168 112*
Balls bowled 281 60 162 473
Wickets 7 4 1 9
Bowling average 30.28 20.00 105.00 42.33
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 3/35 3/23 1/34 3/35
Catches/stumpings 10/ 11/ 11/ 16/
Source: CricketArchive;, 05 March 2014

Nawroz Khan Mangal (Pashto: نوروز خان منګل) (born 28 November 1984) is a right-handed batsman who bowls off break. Mangal is former captain of the Afghanistan national cricket team.

Early career

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Mangal spent much of his early years in refugee camps in neighbouring Pakistan with his family, fleeing from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent Civil War that followed the Soviet withdrawal. It was in the camps that Mangal, like many of his teammates, was introduced to cricket. The War in Afghanistan saw the US Army put an end to Taliban rule of Afghanistan in 2001 and soon after Mangal returned to the country. In the aftermath, the Afghanistan national cricket team was founded.[1]

Mangal was spotted by then Afghanistan coach Taj Malik. Mangal’s father tried to stop him playing, citing the sport as not being a living. Malik went to the province of Khost on the Pakistani border to speak to with Mangal's family, telling him: "He will be great". Malik stayed the night pleading with him, and by the morning, convinced him to allow Mangal to play.[2] Mangal made his debut for Afghanistan against Nowshehra in the 2001 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Grade II).[3] He made his international debut for Afghanistan against Oman in the 2004 ACC Trophy. During the tournament, Mangal was Afghanistan's leading run scorer with 271 runs.[4] It was the first time the team participated in the competition and they progressed to the quarter-finals where they lost to Kuwait.[1]


In 2007, Mangal was appointed the captain of the national side, taking up the post against Lower Dir District in the 2007/8 Inter-District Senior Tournament. Mangal led the Afghan cricket team that in under a year won the World Cricket League Division Five, Division Four and Division Three, therefore promoting them to Division Two and allowing them to take part in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. In that tournament he led Afghanistan to 5th place and ODI status and promotion to World Cricket League Division One. Mangal led Afghanistan to victory over Scotland in their first ever ODI, with himself claiming the winning wicket of John Blain.[5]

He captained Afghanistan in their debut, and his debut first class match in the Intercontinental Cup against a Zimbabwe XI in which Afghanistan drew the match. Mangal has subsequently led Afghanistan to victories over the Netherlands and Ireland in the tournament. Mangal made his maiden first-class fifty against Ireland with a score of 84.

In February 2010, Mangal made his Twenty20 International debut against Ireland, which Afghanistan lost by 5 wickets. Mangal led Afghanistan to victory in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier with figures of 3/23 as Afghanistan defeated Ireland by 8 wickets in the final. Afghanistan's victory qualified them to take part in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. Following the tournament, Mangal led Afghanistan to an astonishing victory over Canada in the Intercontinental Cup. Set 494 to win, Mangal shared a 163 run partnership with Mohammad Shahzad in which he contributed 70 runs to the partnership as Afghanistan won the match by 6 wickets.[6]

In April 2010, Mangal led the side to victory in the 2010 ACC Trophy Elite, where Afghanistan defeated Nepal in the final by 95 runs, with Mangal himself claiming the winning wicket of Rahul Vishvakarma. He is the best Afganistani player.

Mangal led Afghanistan into the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, despite the team losing to Test nations India and South Africa, the team won many plaudits from cricket figures. As of October 2010, Mangal has led Afghanistan to the top of 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Cup in Afghanistan's first season of playing first-class cricket.

He scored his maiden first-class century against Kenya in October 2010, making 168 runs before being run out by Elijah Otieno. His innings, along with the bowling of teammate Hameed Hasan, was instrumental in securing Afghanistan a 167 run victory.[7][8]

Nawroz Mangal
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Afghanistan
Asian Games
2010 Guangzhou Team

In November 2010 it was announced that all-rounder Mohammad Nabi would captain Afghanistan in the 2010 Asian Games twenty20 tournament in China later that month.[9] The Afghanistan Cricket Board released a statement that "We have played 16 one-day internationals but we could only win nine therefore we thought the burden of captaincy is too heavy on Nawroz and Nabi is the next best choice".[10] After causing an upset by beating Pakistan in the semi-finals of the games, Afghanistan lost the final to Bangladesh and finished with a silver medal.[11][12]

International centuries

One Day International centuries

Nawroz Mangal's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 112* 23  Scotland United Arab Emirates Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 2010 Won
2 129 32  UAE United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates ICC Academy 2014 Lost

International Awards

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Canada Sportpark Westvliet, Voorburg 1 July 2010 3-0-13-0, 1 ct. ; 70* (58 balls: 6x4)  Afghanistan won by 6 wickets.[13]
2 Scotland Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah 6 March 2013 DNB ; 112* (96 balls: 8x4, 6x6)  Afghanistan won by 7 wickets.[14]

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the Match Awards

# Series Date Against Match Performance Result
1 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier 21 July 2015 Hong Kong 53 (36 balls, 6x4, 2x6) ; 2 ct.  Hong Kong won by 5 wickets.[15]
2 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier 23 July 2015 Papua New Guinea 1 ct. ; 65* (56 balls, 2x4, 3x6)  Afghanistan won by 6 wickets.[16]


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