The Event Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council has accepted Afghanistan left-arm pacer Sayed Ahmad Shirzad as a replacement for Aftab Alam for the remainder of the ongoing World Cup, the board declared on Thursday (June 27).
Absolutely no clarity was given as to why Alam was becoming withdrawn from the tournament with the release saying that the replacement was being made “under exceptional situations.”
Alam played out three games at the World Cup returning four wickets with his best effort and hard work being 3/45 against New Zealand at Taunton.
His replacement Shirzad, a left-arm pace bowler has played just one One-Day International for Afghanistan, however, did not really have anything at all to show for his efforts as that game against Ireland was washed out. He has a good first-class record though where he has picked up 49 wickets in 15 outings at an average of 25.38.
Afghanistan does not have had the best of tournaments so far with their off-field controversies being pointed out a lot more than their on-field play.
They are currently languishing at the bottom of the points table having lost all of their seven encounters so far. Afghanistan next faces Pakistan on Saturday (June 29) at Leeds.