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Afghan keeper in war of words with board

Mohammad Shahzad has been out of form with the bat in World Cup 2019

Mohammad Shahzad has been out of form with the bat in World Cup 2019

Under the current dispensation at ACB, I see more senior players getting a raw deal like I did. "I was feeling good, they did not mention anything to me before the replacement", Shahzad told ANI.

I was removed from the 2015 World Cup [he wasn't selected for fitness reasons] and now this one as well. But I don't want anyone to get injured", he added.The 31-year-old said that ICC also needs to look into this issue and not release media reports about injuries without taking stock of the full injury update."Even ICC needs to pay attention to the matter.

"I still don't know why I was ruled unfit when I was fit enough to play". Only manager, doctor and the captain knew that I was going to be replaced.

Meanwhile, the country's cricket board rejected Shahzad's such claim and said they can't compromise on an individual's fitness. "What he is saying is completely wrong".

Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad was dismissed from the World Cup squad after he was declared unfit by the team management.

Shahzad had aggravated the injury on his left knee during the World Cup warm-up clash against Pakistan but returned to play the team's first two games against Australia and Sri Lanka on June 1 and June 4 respectively. We've given a medical report to the ICC to prove that he is unfit, and after thorough deliberation they allowed us to replace him.

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"We can't carry unfit players", he said.

His revelations are going to add further turmoil to the contingent, who are struggling in the ongoing World Cup.

"I went to a doctor in London and he drained my knee of some fluids, gave me a pill and said that I could play after resting for two-three days", Shahzad said after flying home. "My heart isn't in cricket anymore", Espncricinfo quoted him as saying.

Shahzad was Afghanistan's highest run-scorer in one-day internationals with 2,727 runs. However, Shahzad continued playing in the world cup despite the injury and miserably failed in first two matches with the bat.

Shahzad is no stranger to controversy, despite having been a pivotal figure in Afghanistan's extraordinary journey through the ranks to Test status. He missed out on playing during a large chunk of 2017 following an ICC suspension over a doping violation. Shahzad was given an ultimatum by the ACB to either permanently reside in Afghanistan or have his contract dissolved.

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