Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has handed a year-long suspension to their fast bowler Aftab Alam. An ACB Discipline Committee has suspended the pacer from domestic and international cricket for a year after he was found guilty of violating the disciplinary code of conduct during the 2019 World Cup. Afghanistan had sent back Aftab Alam home midway through the competition due to disciplinary reasons.
At that time, the ACB had not divulged much details and had said that they took the step ‘in exceptional circumstances’. The board later clarified that Alam has been sent back home following his breach of ICC’s disciplinary code of conduct but didn’t elaborate on what the breach exactly was. An enquiry was launched back home following his ouster from the showpiece event, and the result of the same in the lengthy ban.
During the suspension period, Aftab Alam’s contract will remain suspended. Aftab Alam played three games in the World Cup before being sent back home. In the first outing, he picked up three wickets and managed just one in his next two. His last appearance at the World Cup came against India in Southampton. Reports suggest that Aftab Alam had misbehaved with a woman in the team hotel.
Talking about Afghanistan’s performance at the World Cup, they finished at the bottom of the ten-team competition. Afghanistan were the only team who failed to pick up a single point or win in the competition. They lost all of their nine games and ended at the bottom of the heap. The Gulbadin Naib-led side did manage to give might scare to the like of India and Pakistan but could not cross the finishing line.