Pacer Aftab Alam has been handed a one-year suspension from domestic and international cricket by Afghanistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary committee for violating a code of conduct during the 2019 ICC World Cup.
The Afghanistan bowler had earlier been sent home from the World Cup in England on June 27 with the ACB citing ‘exceptional circumstances’ as the reason behind the decision. It was later reported that the Afghan pacer had been punished for misbehaving with a female guest at the team hotel in Southampton.
An enquiry into the incident was launched by the ACB following its annual general meeting at Kabul last week. Along with his ban from domestic and international cricket, the ACB have also suspended Alam’s central contract for one year.
The 26-year-old bowler featured thrice for Afghanistan in their 2019 World Cup campaign where he picked up a total of four wickets. Overall, Alam has so far played 27 ODIs and 12 T20Is for Afghanistan since making his international debut in 2010.
Afghanistan’s campaign in the 2019 World Cup was a poor one although the tournament minnows did manage to give India and Pakistan big scares. Ultimately, Gulbadin Naib and his men returned home after losing all nine of their round-robin matches in England.
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