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Tuesday August 13, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Shahzad's contract has been "suspended for indefinite period" by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for breaching the ACB Code of Conduct. Confirming the suspension, ACB tweeted, "Afghanistan Cricket Board today suspended the contract of wicket-keeper batsman @MShahzad077 for an indefinite period due to breach of ACB's Code of Conduct by the player". Shahzad has been punished for breaching ACB’s policy which requires any contracted player to ask for the governing body's permission to travel out of the country. "As per ACB's policies, any player travelling out of the country is required to seek the permission of ACB. Shahzad has not adhered to this, repetitively," the statement read.
This is not the first time when Shahzad has been punished for breaching the ACB Code of Conduct. He was sent back home midway through the World Cup 2019 after playing just two matches.
"Mohammad Shahzad has also breached the ACB Code of Conduct previously and was recently called for questioning by the ACB Discipline Committee in relation to a disciplinary matter during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019," the statement read.
The decision to suspend Shahzad was also a result of him not attending the meeting scheduled with the "Discipline Committee" which was supposed to look into a "disciplinary matter" involving him during the World Cup 2019.
"Mohammad Shahzad did not attend meetings scheduled with the Discipline Committee on 20th and 25th of the last month."
During World Cup 2019, Shahzad had accused some of the ACB officials of conspiring against him after he was declared unfit to play.
"I still don't know why I was ruled unfit when I was fit enough to play. Some people in the board (ACB) have conspired against me. Only manager, doctor and the captain knew that I was going to be replaced. Even the coach (Phil Simmons) found out much later. It was heart-breaking," Shahzad had told PTI from Kabul.
The final decision on Shahzad's future will be taken only when the Discipline Committee meets after the Eid-ul-Adha holidays.
"The Discipline Committee will meet after Eid-ul Adha holidays to assess the breaches by Mohammad Shahzad and make a decision to be publicized soon," the statement added.

Saturday August 10, 2019

Kabul (BNA) A "culture of abuse" continues to thrive at Afghanistan's soccer federation because of world soccer governing body FIFA's "apparent inaction" in a sexual abuse scandal involving female Afghan players, according to the national women's team coach. In a letter dated August 6, coach Kelly Lindsey and the team’s program director, Khalida Popal, said that FIFA had been dragging its feet in following up on allegations of sexual misconduct. Earlier this year, FIFA banned Afghanistan Football Federation's former head Keramuddin Karim for life and fined him about $1 million after finding him guilty of abusing his position and sexually abusing female players.
At least five Afghan players accused him of repeated sexual abuse in 2013-2018. But in their letter, sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Lindsey and Popal said that several other individuals were directly or indirectly linked to the case have not been disciplined or fined. "The accounts mention numerous other individuals, including senior individuals in ongoing positions of power, who committed sexual and physical abuse and/or failed to report abuse even though they knew or ought to have known of the abuse and/or sought to cover up abuse," the letter reads.
The two also criticized FIFA for allegedly asking the women to gather more evidence in the case, instead of sending their own investigators. "We did this... at significant cost to our safety and wellbeing," Lindsey and Popal wrote. "We were dismayed at the time that such a task should fall to us...but we also felt we had no choice," they added. FIFA said it would answer the letter "shortly," adding that it was "carefully looking into allegations that have been made against additional persons." "As stated before, FIFA will not hesitate to impose sanctions if and when justified," it said. FIFA began its investigation in December when it suspended Karim.

Friday August 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced the schedule for the one-off Test against Afghanistan and the subsequent tri-nation T20I series which involves Zimbabwe as well.
On 30 August, Afghanistan will arrive and play a two-day tour match before the first-ever Test match between the side gets underway at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram from 5 September.
Zimbabwe will arrive on 8 September and play a practice game before the three sides take part in a T20I tri-series, the International Cricket Council (ICC) reported on Thursday.

Tuesday August 6, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan disabled national cricket team has beaten Bangladesh disabled national cricket team at T20 Disabled Cricket World Cup Competition.
According to BNA report, Afghanistan disabled national cricket team in its first match succeeded to defeat Bangladesh by eight wickets.
First, Bangladesh disabled cricket team has started match and by losing all wickets chosen a target 139 runs to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan disabled cricket players could to chased the given targeted in 16 overs by losing two wickets.

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