Afghanistan Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad Fined After Playing For Pakistan Club

This isn’t the primary time Mohammad Shahzad has fallen foul of laws. © AFP

Trouble-prone Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been fined after he was caught taking part in for a Pakistani cricket membership with out permission, an Afghan official stated Monday. Shahzad has been ordered to pay 300,000 Afghanis (about $four,400) and return to Afghanistan after participating in a neighborhood event in Peshawar, a Pakistani metropolis close to the Afghan border. The 30-year-old went to Pakistan after Afghanistan returned from Zimbabwe final month following their qualification for the 2019 World Cup, Lutfullah Stanikzai, head of media and advertising for the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), instructed AFP.

Rules require gamers to acquire a “no objection certificate” in the event that they need to play matches apart from these authorised by the ACB.

This isn’t the primary time that Shahzad has fallen foul of laws.

He was suspended for 2 matches in Zimbabwe for slamming his bat on the pitch after being dismissed in a qualifying match.

That incident got here three months after the big-hitter returned from a one-year doping ban.

Shahzad will nonetheless go to India for a coaching camp earlier than Afghanistan’s sequence towards Bangladesh and a Test match towards India in June, Stanikzai stated.

“If this is repeated again, next time he might be banned from playing cricket,” Stanikzai added.

The ACB has additionally ordered gamers residing overseas, primarily in Pakistan, to return to Afghanistan in the event that they need to proceed taking part in for the nationwide facet.

“We have a strong structure for our domestic cricket so we do not see the need for people to go and play for clubs outside Afghanistan,” Stanikzai stated.

“There’s plenty of cricket that’s happening here now.”

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