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Mohammad Shahzad faces two-game suspension

Mohammad Shahzad (left) will miss the next two games for Afghanistan
Mohammad Shahzad (left) will miss the next two games for Afghanistan

Afghanistan wicket-keeper has been handed a two-game suspension by the International Cricket Council following a breach of conduct in the recently concluded ICC World Cup Qualifiers game against Zimbabwe.

Shahzad, who opened the batting for Afghanistan hit his bat hard on the pitch adjacent to the match pitch, which left a significant divot on the turf after he was dismissed by Tendai Chatara.

As a result, Shahzad was found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.8, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match” and was sanctioned 100 per cent of his match fee apart from the one demerit point.

He now has an aggregate of four demerit points which leads to a suspension in two limited overs game and hence will miss the games against Hong Kong and Nepal.

If Shahzad accumulates eight or more demerit points over a 24-month period, it will be converted into four suspension points.

Afghanistan are currently at third position in Group B after losing both their games against Scotland and Zimbabwe.

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