Shahzad lashes out at Afghan Cricket Board for replacing him

Muhammad Shahzad insists he was fit and ready to play

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ACB pulled me out despite the fact that I was fit and ready to play, said wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad, on Monday.

According to a senior sports journalist Ibrahim Momand, Shahzad has lashed out at the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in a video message.

“I have no problem or injury and was fully fit, but ACB pulled me out of the squad by force without any consultation,” he is reported to have said.

Shahzad, who is an attacking opening batsman and wicketkeeper for Afghanistan, injured his leg during a warmup match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against Pakistan.

Shahzad was pulled out of the world cup and replaced with Ikram Alikhil who is also a wicketkeeper batsman.

The 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup’s Event Technical Committee comprising of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives) approved the replacement.

This is not the first time that Shahzad has had a disagreement with the ACB. The 31-year-old was fined by the ACB and asked to relocate as he was living in Peshawar and playing club cricket in the city.