Several Afghanistan internationals have been playing domestic cricket in Sri Lanka and Pakistan in recent months, though most have been largely unsuccessful.
One exception though is Mohammad Nabi. Whilst he went without much success in the first-class competition, he has recently hit form in the ABN-AMRO Cup - Pakistan's main domestic one-day tournament.
Playing for Pakistan Customs, he scored 5 and took 1/28 from six overs in his first match against the National Bank of Pakistan. He played much better in the second match against Karachi Zebras in Lahore on Saturday.
Karachi had scored 298/8 from their 50 overs, largely thanks to a 123 run partnership between Afsar Nawaz and Daniyal Ahsan. Nabi had bowled three expensive overs, but was needed more with the bat. Pakistan Customs had been reduced to 40/2 when he came to the crease.
He played almost perfectly, providing a backbone to the team. He shared in a 109 run partnership for the fourth wicket with Rehan Rafiq and went on to score 112 not out from 103 balls, including seven fours and five sixes, becoming the first Afghan player (excluding Kabul-born Indian Test player Salim Durani) to score a century in first-class or List A cricket. Pakistan Customs won the match by five wickets with four overs to spare.
Pakistan Customs next play tomorrow against Lahore Eagles, and Mohammad Nabi has made himself an automatic selection.