Afghanistan Cricket Board has fined their star batsman Mohammad Shahzad and has asked him to reside permanently in Afghanistan who currently stays in Peshawar, Pakistan.
The apex body fined Shahzad with AFN 300,000 (USD 4000 approx) for participating in a local tournament in Peshawar without permission.
Moreover, they have added if he doesn’t return to Afghanistan, he will lose his contract.
Meanwhile, ACB this week chalked out a strict policy and gave a one-month ultimatum to players to return to Afghanistan. Peshawar, a northern city in Pakistan, is close to the Afghanistan border.
“They [contracted players] are not allowed to travel to any country without permission,” ACB chairman, Atif Mashal, told ESPNcricinfo. “Those players who are living on the foreign land are given a month to move back to Afghanistan with their families, otherwise the cricket board will terminate their contracts. Afghanistan Cricket Board has made a strict rule about player discipline and given them a one-month notice to adhere firmly with the policy. All players and employees should live in Afghanistan, and they can’t play in any foreign country without ACB’s approval,” he added.
The 30-year-old Shahzad spent his early years in a refugee camp in Peshawar. However, his parents are originally from Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
Shahzad along with his many teammates grew up near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Meanwhile, Shahzad breached ACB’s code of conduct by playing in the local Peshawar tournament.
“He played in a club-level tournament without NOC which is against the ACB code of conduct,” Mashal said.
However, the destructive opener missed most of the games in 2017 due to a suspension over a positive drug test.
He became eligible to play again on January 17 this year, returning for the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.