Afghanistan Cricketer Aftab Alam Faces One-Year Suspension
The Afghanistan Cricket Board‘s (ACB) Discipline Committee has suspended the 26-year-old national cricketer Aftab Alam for 12-month due to violating the disciplinary code of conduct during the 2019 World Cup.
During Afghanistan’s journey in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the ACB suddenly removed Aftab Alam from the 15-member World Cup squad. On 27th June, the ACB named the 24-year-old Sayed Shirzad as the replacement of Alam.
However, initially, the ACB didn’t clarify the reason of Aftab Alam’s sudden exclusion from the national squad. The International Cricket Council (ICC) mentioned that the replacement happened under “exceptional circumstances”. Later, the ACB claimed that the 26-year-old cricketer breached ICC’s disciplinary code of conduct.
Recently, the ESPNcricinfo reported that Alam faced enquiry on the allegations of misbehaviour with a female guest. According to that report, Alam misbehaved with a female guest at the team hotel in Southampton.
Later, Alam missed the ACU meeting in Southampton on 23rd June. In that meeting time, he was with a relative in London. Due to that reason, the head coach Phil Simmons suspended Alam for two matches.
Earlier in this 2019 CWC tournament, Aftab Alam was removed from the Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Manchester) during the match between India and Pakistan on 16th June. Alam came with his friends and requested for the VIP access without prior announcement. Later, he moved to one of the hospitality rooms and denied to leave. Soon, the security removed him from the ground.
Aftab Alam can’t play the professional cricket matches for a year
Later, the ACB suspended Alam and removed him from the World Cup squad. After the recent enquiry, the ACB has decided to suspend him for 12 months. So, Alam can’t participate in ACB’s domestic and international cricket fixtures for the next one year.
Due to this suspension, Alam also has been suspended from the national contract.
The right-arm pacer Alam played three matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and took four wickets.
Alam made his international debut in February 2010. He has played 27 ODIs and 12 T20Is where he has taken 41 and 11 wickets respectively.
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