Shahzad claims himself fit after being ruled out
Star Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup as the cricket board declared him unfit and included a replacement.
However, the wicket-keeper batsman on Monday came out all guns blazing against the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and claimed that the board conspired against him.
“I still don’t know why I was ruled unfit when I was fit enough to play. Some people in the board (ACB) have conspired against me. Only manager, doctor and the captain knew that I was going to be replaced. Even the coach (Phil Simmons) found out much later. It was heart-breaking,” Shahzad told PTI.
According to Shahzad, none of the players including him knew about his exclusion from the world cup squad. He said, “I had finished my training (ahead of the New Zealand game) and only after I checked my phone, I found out that I have been ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury. None of the players in the team bus knew about it and just like me, they were in shock (at the news).”
Shahzad who is considered as one of the destructive openers of the current time picked up a knee injury during Afghanistan’s warm-up match against Pakistan just before the World Cup. However, Shahzad continued playing in the world cup despite the injury and miserably failed in first two matches with the bat.
Meanwhile, the country’s cricket board rejected Shahzad’s such claim and said they can’t compromise on an individual’s fitness. “What he is saying is completely wrong. A proper medical report to the ICC was submitted and then only his replacement was announced. The team could not have fielded an unfit player. I understand he is upset at not being part of World Cup anymore but the team could not have compromised on his fitness,” Asadullah Khan, CEO of ACB was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.