Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad suspended indefinitely

Sudhir Gupta 21:39 11/08/2019
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Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) suspended wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad for an indefinite period following another code of conduct breach.

Shahzad was earlier sent back from the World Cup in England after sustaining a knee injury. However, the burly keeper insisted he was fit and had been kept out unfairly.

That led to disciplinary issues for which he was supposed to meet the Afghanistan board on July 20 and 25, which he failed to do. Moreover, he traveled outside Afghanistan without seeking the board’s approval.

Shahzad is based in Peshawar, Pakistan, and recently trained there. Last year, the Afghan board had directed Shahzad to relocate to Afghanistan permanently.

In their statement, the ACB said: “As per ACB’s policies, any player travelling out of the country is required to seek the permission of ACB. Shahzad has not adhered to this, repeatedly.

“Shahzad did not attend meetings scheduled with the Discipline Committee on 20th and 25th of the last month,” the statement added.

“The Discipline Committee will meet after Eid-ul Adha holidays to assess the breaches by Shahzad and make a decision. ACB has well-equipped training and practice facilities within the country and Afghan players do not require to travel abroad for such purposes.”

Afghanistan are preparing for a one-off Test against Bangladesh in September, before a tri-series with the Tigers and Zimbabwe later in the month.

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