Hazratullah Zazai Ruled Out of T20 World Cup, Gulbadin Naib To Replace Him
By CricShots - Oct 31, 2022 6:28 pm
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The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has given the approval for Gulbadin Naib to replace Hazratullah Zazai in the Afghanistan squad. Naib who is a traveling reserve, was named as a replacement after Zazai was ruled out due to an abdominal muscle strain.

Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai

The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. Afghanistan has so far played just one game in the tournament so far, as their remaining two fixtures against New Zealand and Ireland were abandoned due to rain, without even the toss taking place, which has put their campaign in trouble.

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Hazratullah Zazai was a part of the team’s playing combination when Afghanistan locked horns with England in the campaign opener, but he managed to score only seven runs while opening the lineup for his team with the bat.

Gulbadin Naib
Gulbadin Naib

The 31-year-old Gulbadin Naib is a batting all-rounder, and his last international outing in the T20I format was against New Zealand when the two teams met back in November 2021. Since then, he has featured only in the 50-over format in international cricket.

Afghanistan is scheduled to play a couple more matches in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2022. They will lock horns with Sri Lanka on November 01, 2022, before taking on Australia for the first time ever, on November 04th. Notably, that will be Afghanistan’s final fixture of the group stage.

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The Afghanistan team is currently in the fifth position in the points table of group 1 with two points to their name, and they haven’t won a single match in the tournament so far. They bagged the two points as both their previous encounters were called off and the two teams shared a point each.