Mohammad Shahzad, the Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman, will miss the next two matches of the World Cup Qualifiers following his misdemeanour in the recent game against Zimbabwe.
In December 2016, Shahzad was fined 100 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points in the match against UAE in which he was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player.” The additional demerit point which was handed after the game against Zimbabwe took him to the threshold of four demerit points, subsequently converted into two suspension points. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the player. Accordingly, Shahzad will miss the matches against Hong Kong and Nepal on March 8 and 10 respectively.
According to the ICC, Nizakat, while taking a run, made an inappropriate and deliberate physical contact by using his shoulder against Scotland bowler Alasdair Evans.