Mohammad Shahzad given an ultimatum to return to Afghanistan

Shahzad spends most of his time in Pakistan these days.

Shazad has been residing in Peshawar for quite some time. (AFP)

Afghanistan wicketkeeper batsmen has been asked by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to relocate to Afghanistan or risk his contract being terminated. Shahzad currently resides in Peshawar, Pakistan. He has also been fined AFN 300,000 (USD 4000 approx) for participating in a local tournament in Peshawar without permission. 

ACB has given him an ultimatum of one month to all their players living in Pakistan to return to Afghanistan. 

Shahzad, 30, had spent his early years in a refugee camp in Peshawar, but his parents are originally from Nangrahar, Afghanistan. He, along with various team-mates, grew up near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and he was married in Peshawar and spends most of his time in Pakistan.

Shahzad was found to be breaching the ACB's code of conduct by playing in the local Peshawar tournament. "He played in a club-level tournament without NOC which is against the ACB code of conduct," Mashal said.

"They [contracted players] are not allowed to travel to any country without permission," ACB chairman, Atif Mashal, told ESPNcricinfo. "Those players who are living on foreign land are given a month to move back to Afghanistan with their families, otherwise the cricket board will terminate their contracts. Afghanistan Cricket Board has made a strict rule about player discipline and given them a one-month notice to adhere firmly with the policy. All players and employees should be based in Afghanistan and they are not allowed to play in any foreign country without ABC's approval."

Mohammad Shahzad played a key role in Afghanistan's 2019 World Cup qualification success earlier this year. 


By Anshuman Roy - 15 Apr, 2018

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