Mohammad Shahzad was recently suspended for a year by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). It was the discipline committee of the Board that gave him the harsh punishment for breaching some code of conduct. However, they did not provide further details.
During the 2019 World Cup, he played a few games after which he was ruled out midway supposedly due to an injury. Not happy with the unfair decision, a frustrated Shahzad said that he was fully fit to play.
The wicketkeeper-batsman revealed that there was immense politics involved in sending him back home. According to him, only the skipper Gulbadin Naib, the coach and the manager knew about his sudden omission. The remaining members of the team were shocked. Feeling cheated, Shahzad accused some board officials of conspiring against him.
Afghanistan will play a one-off Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram next month.
On the other hand, the right-hander would be looking to get into the team for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.
Meanwhile, the social media was abuzz with rumours that he had taken a massive step post his suspension.
Several people blamed the 31-year-old for ruining his own career by tearing his passport apart. This incident caused him to release a video, where he showed both his expired and new Afghan passport.
Here’s the video clip –
Afghan wicket keeper batsman @MShahzad077 turn down & rejected allegations of social media that he ended his cricket career & tore his Afghan passport after he has been suspended for 1 year,He showed his both expired and new Afghanistan passports in viral video. pic.twitter.com/Mm7z2yhpSv
— M.ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) August 21, 2019