After winning the ODI and the T20I series against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan was also set to perform in the World Cup Qualifiers. But as soon as the qualifiers started, their fate started to change.
Afghanistan have lost their first two matches in the World Cup qualifier including a heartbreaking 2-run loss against Zimbabwe in their second match. Things have started to get even worse for the Afghans. Opener Mohammad Shahzad will miss the next two matches of the World Cup Qualifiers following his misdemeanour in the match against Zimbabwe.
Shahzad was found guilty of breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct-Article 2.1.8, which deals with “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match.” He was fined 15 per cent of his match fee along with one demerit point, which extended his demerit points tally to four within a 24-month period, thus amounting to his suspension.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor and Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Zadran were also charged for their indiscretions during the same game. Taylor, who had shown dissent after umpire Chettithody Shamsuddin hada turned down a leg-before appeal, was fined 15 peer cent of his match fee and received one demerit point.
The 16-year-old Mujeeb was charged with throwing the ball in a dangerous manner despite the batsman – Taylor – being in the crease. Mujeeb was fined 50 per cent of his match fee and was handed three demerit points.