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Shirzad replaces Aftab in Afghanistan WC squad



Shirzad replaces Aftab in Afghanistan WC squad

Afghanistan have replaced left-arm medium pacer Sayed Ahmad Shirzad in spot of Aftab Alam for the remainder of the ongoing World Cup, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Thursday.

According to the ICC statement, Alam has been replaced under exceptional circumstances.

“The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Sayed Ahmad Shirzad as a replacement player for Aftab Alam in Afghanistan’s squad for the remainder of the tournament,” the ICC stated.

The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 consists 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).

Alam has played 27 ODIs and bagged 41 wickets to his name in the format.

The incident is yet to be clarified by any sides about any probable reasons why Aftab has been taken left aside by the team management.

Alam played three matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 scalping four wickets with his best bowling figure of 3/45 against New Zealand at Taunton.

Shirzad, although he has just appeared in a single one day international match so far, carries good record in first class cricket where he picked 49 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 25.38.

Afghanistan have been out of the competition losing all their matches till to date. They have two more matches to play — against Pakistan on Saturday and West Indies on July 4.

In an earlier occasion, the country suddenly caste aside experienced batsman Ahmed Shahzad citing injury troubles and sent him back to the country although Shahzad denied any such problems.

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