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Suspended Afghan hard-hitter Shahzad to play in Nepal's top Twenty20 League

Jan 29, 2020 | CN Staff |

Afghanistan's hard-hitting opener and wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, who is currently serving suspension from all forms of cricket by the country's cricket board, has been confirmed to play in Nepal's Everest Premier League.


The popular franchise Twenty20 competition of the country is beginning from March 14-28 at the TU cricket ground as the even grows and will now see the participation of some of the big names of world cricket that includes former Proteas skipper Hashim Amla.

Recently, defending champions Lalitpur Patriots announced the arrival of former Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga while on Wednesday, Chitwan Tigers named Shahzad as their first foreign recruit. Its mandatory for all the participating franchise to have at least three foreign names in their squad.

Former West Indies cricketer Dwayne Smith has also been confirmed to play for Bhairahawa Gladiators, the two-time runners-up of the tournament.

Shahzad, with a haul of experience of playing in different franchise competitions, was suspended by the Afghanistan Cricket Board for violating its disciplinary rules on August 10, 2019. After handing Shahzad an indefinite suspension, the ACB ruled that it was going to last for one year.

The right handed explosive batsman was alleged to have travelled out of country several times without seeking the permission from the board.

Shahzad had famously scored a hundred against India during the 2018 Asia Cup in a match where the Afghans were bundled out for just 131 runs. He had emulated Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi for becoming the batsman scoring ton in team's low total.

Pot-bellied Shahzad has played 84 One Day Internationals for Afghanistan with his highest score being 131 not out. He has slammed six centuries and 14 half centuries in the format. His highest Twenty20 International score is 118 not out having represented Afghanistan in 65 matches.

His name as one of the ferocious hitters was validated when he blazed to a staggering 16-ball 74 against Sindhis while playing for Rajputs in the T10 League in UAE last year. 



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