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Shafiqullah Shafaq Faces Six-Year Ban For His Involvement In Match-Fixing

The 30-year-old Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). This decision has come after he accepted the match-fixing charges.

On last Sunday (10th May), the ACB announced the suspension decision of Shafiqullah Shafaq. His charges relate to the Afghanistan Premier League T20 (APL T20) 2018 and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019. He breached four articles of the Anti-Corruption Code which are related to match-fixing.

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ACB’s Senior Anti-Corruption manager, Mr. Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said, “This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018. The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his teammates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the BPL 2019.”

“It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB’s ACU. Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived.”

Shafaq breached the Anti-Corruption Code Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4.

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The Article 2.1.1 states, ” Fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match, including (without limitation) by deliberately underperforming therein.”

The Article 2.1.3 relates to, “Seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match improperly…”

On the other hand, Article 2.1.4 says, “Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.”

According to Article 2.4.4, it claims, “Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by a Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under ACB Anti-Corruption Code.”

Since Afghanistan started its international cricket journey in 2009, Shafiqullah Shafaq becomes the first Afghanistan cricketer to face the charge for the involvement in fixing.

Shafiqullah Shafaq is holding the record of fastest double-century in first-class cricket

Shafaq made his international debut in September 2009, and he played 24 ODIs and 46 T20Is where the right-handed batsman scored 430 and 494 runs respectively. He played the last ODI on 27th August 2018 (against Ireland at Belfast) and the last T20I on 21st September 2019 (against Bangladesh at Chattogram).

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On the other hand, Shafaq played eight first-class matches, 55 List A matches and 79 T20s. He is holding the record of fastest double-century in first-class cricket as he reached the 200 runs mark in just 89 balls and 103 minutes.

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ACB Removes Playing-Ban On Mohammad Shahzad

On Wednesday (26th February), Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Disciplinary Committee has announced that they have lifted the one-year ban on the wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad.

Mohammad Shahzad was one of the top batsmen in Afghanistan national cricket team. He is the most T20I (1,936 runs) and international run-scorer (4,732 runs) for Afghanistan. Before his ban from cricket, he was also the most ODI run-scorer (2,727 runs) for Afghanistan. At present, Mohammad Nabi (2,782 runs) is holding the record of most ODI run-scorer for this team as he is just 55 runs away from Shahzad.

Mohammad Shahzad last played for Afghanistan in ICC CWC 2019

The 33-year-old Mohammad Shahzad last played for Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. During early of that tournament, Shahzad was reportedly faced knee injury. Though he played the first two matches of his team in that tournament, soon after that he was sent back to home citing the fitness issues.

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However, later, Mohammad Shahzad publicly claimed that he was fit enough to play matches. It created chaos in Afghanistan cricket.

Later, it was reported that Shahzad breached the ACB’s code of conduct for travelling and practising out of the country several times without taking any permission from the ACB. Due to this reason, the board suspended him from cricket for one year. While that suspension period started on 10th August 2019, the suspension period would have run till early August 2020.

However, recently, Mohammad Shahzad lodged a mercy appeal to the board chairman Mr.Farhan Yusefzai and also promised not to repeat the mistake. The board has accepted that appeal and lift his suspension prior to almost five months before the ban period complete.

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From Wednesday, Mohammad Shahzad is now eligible to play all forms of cricket for the country subject to his fitness report. However, his contract ban will continue till early August 2020. Whatever this ban-lift news will definitely give the massive boost in the Afghanistan national cricket team.

During this ban period, Shahzad participated in the Abu Dhabi T10 2019 and Bangladesh Premier League 2019/20.

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Mohammad Shahzad Faces One Year Suspension

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has suspended the 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad for one year for breaching ACB’s code of conduct.

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Mohammad Shahzad repeatedly breached the ACB’s code of conduct by travelling out of the country several times without taking any permission from the ACB. According to ESPNcricinfo, Shahzad recently travelled in Peshawar, Pakistan for practice.

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Due to this issue, the ACB suspended him from the contract on 10th August. Now, the board has decided to suspend him for one year. Due to this ban, Shahzad can’t participate in any form of cricket, which is related to the ACB, for the next 12 months.

ACB statement claimed, “Shahzad has violated ACB’s disciplinary rules and regulations previously as well and has not adhered to ACB’s code of conduct for players. He has travelled out of the country several times violating ACB’s policy for players to seek its permission before doing so.”

“ACB has well-equipped training and practice facilities within the country and Afghan players do not require to travel abroad for such purposes.”

Successful Afghan cricketer Mohammad Shahzad has dealt with many controversies

In his cricket career, Mohammad Shahzad has faced many controversies. During the ICC men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Shahzad suffered a knee injury. After featuring Afghanistan’s first two games of that tournament, Shahzad was sent back home due to his fitness issue. The 18-year-old Ikram Ali Khil replaced him for the remainder of that tournament.

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Later, Shahzad released a video on the social media where he claimed that he was completely fit for the matches.

Mohammad Shahzad made his international debut in August 2009. He has played two Tests, 84 ODIs and 65 T20Is where he has scored 69, 2,727 and 1,936 runs respectively. For Afghanistan, Shahzad is the most international run-scorer as well as most ODI and T20I run-scorer.

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In ODI career, Shahzad has hit six centuries and 14 half-centuries. On the other hand, he also scored one century and 12 half-centuries in T20I career.

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Mohammad Shahzad is one of the essential cricketers for Afghanistan national cricket team. Many cricket fans like his aggressive batting nature.

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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.

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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.

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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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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Afghanistan Cricketer Aftab Alam Faced Suspension Due To Misbehaviour

Just a few days ahead of completing their journey in the ongoing Cricket World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) suddenly omitted Aftab Alam from the 15-member World Cup squad. In that time, the ACB didn’t clarify the reason for this sudden exclusion. Now, the latest media reports are claiming that the ACB took that decision after the allegations against Alam of misbehaviour with a female guest at a hotel.

On 27th June, the ACB announced Aftab Alam’s exclusion from the World Cup squad. The 24-year-old left-arm medium pacer Sayed Shirzad replaced him for the remainder of the tournament. According to the ICC media release, that replacement happened under “exceptional circumstances”.

Later, the ACB also added that Alam breached ICC’s disciplinary code of conduct.

According to the latest report of ESPNcricinfo, Alam is now facing enquiry on the allegations of misbehaviour with a female guest at the team hotel in Southampton.

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In another case, the ESPNcricinfo also reported that hospitality security removed Aftab Alam during the recent CWC match between India and Pakistan. On 16th June, India and Pakistan met at Old Trafford (Manchester) where India won by 89 runs (DLS method).

Apart from Aftab Alam’s suspension, the ACB also decided to suspend the team manager Naved Sayem.

Aftab Alam was found to hide things from the ACB: an ACB board member

Taking about Aftab Alam’s suspension, Atif Mashal told ESPNcricinfo, “He was found to hide things from the ACB. That is why it was decided to suspend him and investigate. As for the player (Alam), we will formalise the sanction against him once the disciplinary committee submits its report.”

Atif Mashal is a board member of the ACB.

He further added about the latest development, “The disciplinary committee has already been assigned to carry out the investigation in the Alam incident and asked to submit the report in a week.”

After an investigation, the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) has found Aftab Alam guilty of inappropriate behaviour.

Alam was also absent during the ACU meeting in Southampton on 23rd June. He was not even in his room, and later it emerged that he met with a relative in London. The head coach Phil Simmons then suspended Alam for two matches. The 26-year-old couldn’t even practice with the team during those suspension days. Soon, the ACB also suspended him and removed him from the World Cup squad.

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In this Cricket World Cup, the right-arm medium-fast bowler Aftab Alam played three matches and picked up four wickets. During the New Zealand match at Taunton, Alam delivered his best bowling performance in this tournament. In that game, he had the bowling figures of 8.1-0-45-3.