Mohammad Shahzad threatens to quit cricket after World Cup axing

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

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman has revealed that he is leaning towards the prospect of quitting cricket after he claims he was removed from the country's World Cup squad for no reason at all.

"If they don't want me to play, I will quit cricket", Shahzad told local media in Kabul, according to ESPNcricinfo.

In the recent reports, they stated that Mohammad Shahzad suffered the knee injury during Afghanistan's warm-up match against Pakistan last month.

Things got worse for Mohammad Shahzad as he flopped against Australia and Sri Lanka.

However, defending the board action, ACB chief executive Asadullah Khan asserted that there had been no foul play in dropping of the wicketkeeper-batsman. A proper medical report to the ICC was submitted and then only his replacement was announced. "He is our main batsman, who can make a big difference with the bat, and it was a really hard decision to drop one of our key players", Asadullah was quoted as saying. "Now that we are full members, our priority will be on fitness, in worldwide and domestic cricket".

Moreover, Asadullah was clear cut in saying that the team carrying "unfit players" isn't acceptable anymore. I went to a doctor in London and he. said that I could play after resting for two-three days. "That was the moment when I found out that I was unfit". The doctor looked at me helplessly and said he couldn't do anything. I was feeling good, they did not mention anything to me before the replacement", Shahzad told ANI."I don't know why the board officials don't like me.

Shahzad has played a significant role in Afghanistan's rise in world cricket and a was their star player in the triumphant campaign in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe where they beat the West Indies twice including in the final. "I understand he is upset at not being part of World Cup anymore but the team could not have compromised on his fitness,". It's a dream to play the World Cup.

"He is expected to join the team before the next World Cup game, which will be played against Australia on 15th", SLC said in a statement. Only manager, doctor and the captain knew that I was going to be replaced. "My heart is not in cricket anymore".

Shahzad is no stranger to controversy, despite having been a pivotal figure in Afghanistan's extraordinary journey through the ranks to Test status. He holds Afghanistan's highest number of ODI runs with 2727 runs in 84 matches. He missed out on playing during a large chunk of 2017 following an ICC suspension over a doping violation.

Furthermore, the wicket keeper batsman was under fire when he was found playing for a local tournament in Peshawar past year.