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Mohammad Shahzad blames ACB for his withdrawl from CWC'19 squad

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wicket-keeper batsman on Monday blamed the Board (ACB) for his withdrawal from the team's squad in the ongoing ICC Men's

Shahzad was withdrawn ahead of the team's match against in Officials cited "a knee injury" as the reason behind the move. The was replaced by in the squad.

The right-handed batsman got injured in the match against Sri Lanka, but the said that his wasn't severe and that the team doctor said he only needed 2-3 days to get back to full fitness.

"My wasn't that severe. It was not an that required 2-3 months of recovery time. The board is to be blamed for my withdrawal from the squad. I was feeling good, they did not mention anything to me before the replacement," Shahzad told ANI.

"I don't know why the board officials don't like me. I am a straight forward person and this attitude is not liked by many in the board," he added.

He also said it was not the board which notified him about his withdrawal from the team squad but his who broke the news to him.

"The doctors said that I needed two to three days rest, they also said that I can play the match after doing the needful. When I was withdrawn from the squad, no one even notified me. My called me and informed me that I have been withdrawn from the squad," Shahzad said.

The also said that he made a complaint to the ACB but nobody looked into it. "The ACB officials did not even hear my complaint. The board is unjustified in their stance and I have been wronged. I don't have any hope of returning to squad now, it can only be done if someone else gets injured in the squad. But I don't want anyone to get injured," he added.

The 31-year-old said that ICC also needs to look into this issue and not release about without taking stock of the update.

"Even ICC needs to pay attention to the matter. They issue reports and then our board withdraws us from the squad, the matter clearly needs to be looked into," Shahzad said.

Afghanistan has so far lost its three opening matches - against Australia, Sri Lanka, and - in the ongoing World Cup.

The team will next take on on June 15.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 21:12 IST