Web Desk(April 17, 2018): Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been fined after he was caught playing for a Pakistani cricket club without permission, an Afghan official said.
Shahzad has been ordered to pay 300,000 Afghanis (about $4,400) and return to Afghanistan after taking part in a local tournament in Peshawar, a Pakistani city near the Afghan border.The 30-year-old went to Pakistan after Afghanistan returned from Zimbabwe last month following their qualification for the 2019 World Cup, Lutfullah Stanikzai, head of media and marketing for the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
Rules require players to obtain a “no objection certificate” if they want to play matches other than those approved by the ACB.
This is not the first time that Shahzad has fallen foul of regulations.He was suspended for two matches in Zimbabwe for slamming his bat on the pitch after being dismissed in a qualifying match.
That incident came three months after the big-hitter returned from a one-year doping ban.