Big-hitting opener and wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad suffered a knee injury during Afghanistan World Cup 2019 warm-up match against Pakistan. The 32-year-old has been ruled out after aggravation of the injury.
Afghanistan's hard-hitting opener and wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a knee injury.
Shahzad, known for his big-hitting at the top of the order for Afghanistan, suffered the knee injury during Afghanistan's warm-up match against Pakistan . While he took the field in Afghanistan's 1st two matches of the World Cup against Australia and Sri Lanka, an aggravation of the knee injury has forced the 32-year-old out of the World Cup.
Shahzad's injury comes as a big blow to Afghanistan, considering the wicketkeeper-batsman has been one of their highest-scorers since the 2015 World Cup with 1843 runs in 55 innings.
Shahzad will be replaced by Ikram Ali Khil, an 18-year-old top-order batsman.
"The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2019 has approved Khil as a replacement player for Shahzad in the Afghanistan squad for the remainder of the tournament," an ICC release said.
Khil has only played 2 ODIs for Afghanistan till now, having made his ODI debut against Ireland in Dehradun in March 2019. He was also part of Afghanistan's U-19 World Cup squad in 2018. He scored 185 runs in 4 matches.
Having lost their first two matches of the world cup, Afghanistan will take on New Zealand in their 3rd match of World Cup 2019 in Taunton on June 8