The flamboyant Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of the ongoing World Cup 2019 and now he has come up with an accusation over the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) pulled him out despite the fact that he is fit.
As per the recent reports of Sportstar, Shahzad said, “I was training at the nets when the team manager told me that I was unfit and I had to head back home. It seemed they had already asked for a replacement (Ikram Ali Khil), but I did not know that I was unfit.”
Shahzad sustained a knee injury in the warm-up clash against Pakistan. However, he played Afghanistan’s first two matches in the losing cause against Australia and Sri Lanka. The ICC, in a statement, said that Shahzad’s injury aggravated, forcing him to leave the tournament.
As per the recent reports of Shahzad’s MRI, it read: “The alignment of the knee joint appears satisfactory while there is a patchy altered abnormal marrow beneath the cortical margin.”
Talking about the same, the gloveman said, “If I was unfit then how could I play the first two matches? The physio told me that I will be alright if I take a bit of rest, and suddenly I was ruled out of the tournament. I have done so much for Afghanistan cricket and this is what happened to me. They told me that I am unfit and I am not being able to play my shots as there’s no footwork. But this is how my batting style is. I don’t move much and despite that, I have scored runs.”
However, one of the physios in the tournament said that the MRI report doesn’t indicate anything ‘significant’.
He further elaborated, “It shows a bit of bone bruising. It doesn’t look grave, but then you can’t solely depend on an MRI report. There are three factors involved in it — image finding, clinical finding and subjective finding. If the injury was serious, why did the player feature in the next two games?”
Shahzad claimed that he even spoke to the team coach, Phil Simmons and the coach had no saying in the decision.
The ACB officials, however, denied Shahzad’s allegations. ACB CEO, Asadullah Khan asserted, “We had submitted the medical reports to the ICC and only after that, the ICC has allowed us to name a replacement. Shahzad is totally injured.”
However, Shahzad scored a duck against Australia and then managed just seven runs against Sri Lanka in the ongoing World Cup.