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Star Afghanistan cricketer Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out from the remainder tournament of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup due to an injury. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has also announced his replacement of this ongoing tournament.
The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad suffered a knee injury during Afghanistan’s pre-World Cup warm-up match against Pakistan. Soon he decided to retire-hurt in that match where he scored 23 runs. While Afghanistan won that game, Shahzad didn’t return with the bat.
In the next warm-up match against England, Shahzad didn’t feature for his national team.
However, he played in the first two matches of the ongoing Cricket World Cup. In their opening game of this tournament against the defending champions Australia (1st June), Shahzad scored a duck after the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc bowled him. Afghanistan lost that match by seven wickets.
Afghanistan faced Sri Lanka in their second match of this tournament on 4th June. In that thrilling rain-interrupted match, the opener Shahzad lost his wicket on just seven runs. Though they fought very hard in that match, Sri Lanka finally won that by 34 runs (DLS method).
Mohammad Shahzad hasn’t recovered from the knee injury
However, his injured knee’s condition has been worsened in this period as he will now miss the remainder of the ongoing Cricket World Cup.
The 18-year-old Ikram Ali Khil has earned the opportunity as he has replaced Shahzad for the remainder of this Cricket World Cup. Ikram Ali Khil, the Afghan wicketkeeper-batsman, has played one Test and two ODIs after making his international debut in last March.
Though Mohammad Shahzad made his ODI debut in 2009 and has already played 84 ODIs, the ongoing Cricket World Cup was his first CWC experience.
The stylish and attacking batsman Mohammad Shahzad is the most ODI run-scorer for Afghanistan. After playing 87 ODIs, he has scored 2,727 ODI runs with an average of 33.66 and strike-rate of 88.48.
In the ongoing Cricket World Cup, Afghanistan will play their next game on 8th June. It will be their third match of this tournament where Afghanistan will face New Zealand in the day/night encounter at the County Ground (Taunton).