Afghanistan’s Gulbadin Naib replaces the injured Hazratullah Zazai for the rest of the T20 World Cup | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: Afghanistan have been forced to change their team on the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with the team losing hard starts Hazratullah Zazai to injury.
Zazai, whose stunning 162* against Ireland in Dehradun in 2019 holds the record for the second-highest total in men’s T20I cricket, is battling kidney problems and has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.
Gulbadin Naiban experienced batsman who is already in Australia and will get the opportunity to play in this tournament has taken his place in Afghanistan’s 15-man squad.
For Afghanistan to have any hope of reaching the semi-finals, they need to win their next match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday in Brisbane and their tournament finale against Australia on Friday in Adelaide.
The only team in Australia without a win is Mohammad Nabi’s side, but they have been a bit unlucky since taking part in two matches that were called off due to rain without a ball being bowled.
Zazai managed just seven runs against England in the only game Afghanistan could finish at the T20 World Cup, with the left-armer dismissed thanks to a brilliant catch from Liam Livingstone.
Afghanistan squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Qais Ahmad, Sal Rashid Khanbad, Sal Rashid Khanbad, Naib, Usman Ghani. Supporters: Afsar Zazai, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Rahmat Shah.


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