ACB banned Mohammad Shahzad for one ODI along with a fine
Shahzad was found guilty of ACB's CoC breach.
Updated - Jul 28, 2018 6:57 pm
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has banned wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad for one One-Day International. Along with the ban, Shahzad has also been fined 50% of the match fee of his next T20I. The senior cricket was found guilty of breaching ACB’s Code of Conduct for the players by a discipline committee.
Shahzad was leading the Speenghar team in the tournament in the Final against a Bost side. The game didn’t go down well for his team as Bost managed to defeat Speenghar by five wickets in the final of the Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One-Day Tournament.
As it turns out, Shahzad wasn’t quite happy after his team ended up on the losing side. He was of the view that umpiring decisions in the game might have hampered their chances and thus as he got an opportunity to talk about it in the post-match presentation he criticized the on-field umpires.
ACB took his statement extremely seriously and the disciplinary committee concluded that it was a breach of the Code of Conduct.
As a result of the ban, he will now have to sit out of the first match on the tour of Ireland. The Afghanistan team will tour the country where they will play three T20Is to start with and then as many ODIs. The tour starts on August 20 with the first T20I at Bready Cricket Club, Bready, Northern Ireland. Shahzad is a part of both the teams and will miss the first ODI to be played on August 27.
In great form with the bat
The right-hander was in great form with the bat in the Ghazi Amanullah Khan tournament as he scored two hundreds and a half century in five matches. His best knock was against Mis-Ainak, the 30-year-old punished all the opposition bowlers on his way to a dashing 143-run knock in just 89 balls. It was his efforts that took the team to the final but unfortunately, they couldn’t cross the ultimate hurdle.