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Mohammad Shahzad suspended for an indefinite period by Afghanistan Cricket Board

first_imgAfghanistan Cricket Board on Saturday suspended wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad’s contract due to breach of ACB’s Code of Conduct.Mohammad Shahzad, according to an ACB release, did not adhere to the cricket board’s policy of seeking its permission before travelling out ot the country. It is not the first time Shahzad has acted against the policy as he was found to be in breach of ACB’s Code of Conduct when he played in a local Peshawar tournament in 2018.ACB also said Mohammad Shahzad failed to attend meetings with the ACB Discipline Committee in relation to disciplinary matters during World Cup 2019. Notably, Shahzad was dropped from Afghanistan’s World Cup squad after their first 2 matches in the quadrennial tournament in England after he was declared unfit.Shahzad said he was wrongly declared unfit and even revealed that he wanted to quit cricket.”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, repetitively,””Mohammad Shahzad has also breached the ACB Code of Conduct previously and was recently called for questioning by the ACB Discipline Committee in relation to a disciplinary matter during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Mohammad Shahzad did not attend meetings scheduled with the Discipline Committee on 20th and 25th of the last month. The Discipline Committee will meet after Eid-ul Adha holidays to assess the breaches by Mohammad Shahzad and make a decision to be publicized soon,” ACB added.”ACB has well-equipped training and practice facilities within the country and Afghan players do not require to travel abroad for such purposes.”advertisementShahzad was dropped from the World Cup squad after their match against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 4. Notably, Shahzad had played the first 2 matches of the tournament for Afghanistan despite retiring hurt with a knee injury during their warm-up match against Pakistan.Shahzad had scans on his knee after retiring hurt in the Pakistan match. Upon return to Afghanistan, Shahzad lashed out at ACB and said he did not see himself playing cricket anymore.”I went to a doctor in London and he drained my knee of some fluids, gave me a pill and said that I could play after resting for two-three days,” Shahzad had said.”I had a practice session, bowled, batted, and had a keeping session, had lunch with my team-mates, and then sat down in the team bus (to return to the hotel) only to see the ICC press release on my phone saying I am out of the World Cup,” he explained.”That was the moment when I found out that I was unfit. I asked the manager, who asked me to put the phone in my pocket and talk to the doctor. The doctor looked at me helplessly and said he couldn’t do anything.”I don’t see myself playing anymore. It’s a dream to play the World Cup. I was removed from the 2015 World Cup [he wasn’t selected for fitness reasons] and now this one as well. I am going to consult with friends and family. My heart isn’t in cricket anymore.”Also Read | Rahkeem Cornwall: Tall and imposing West Indies all-rounder set to face India in Test seriesAlso Read | Agree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya RahaneAlso See:last_img read more