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