Afghanistan opener and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad is ruled out of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 with a knee injury.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 6, 2019
Shahzad was retired hurt during the warm-up match against Pakistan and since then was carrying a niggle that affected his performances.
Till now in ICC World Cup 2019, Shahzad was dismissed for a duck against Australia and managed only 7 runs against the Sri Lankan Lions.
The 18-year old Ikram Ali Khil has been named as Shahzad’s replacement for the ongoing quadrennial tournament. The teenager is a handy wicket-keeper behind the wickets and has huge batting potential.
Afghanistan have lost both their matches in the tournament so far to heavyweights Australia and an out of form Sri Lankan team.
Now, the loss of their key opener and wicket-keeper would harm the team’s chances to progress further in the tournament.