Afghanistan all-rounder Sharafudin Ashraf approved as replacement for retired Asghar Afghan

He last featured for the Afghanistan T20I side in March, against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi.

Published: 02nd November 2021 11:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2021 12:53 AM   |  A+A-

Retiring player Asghar Afghan is carried from the field by his Afghanistan teammates after defeating Namibia. (Photo | AP)


DUBAI: The event technical committee of the ICC T20 World Cup on Tuesday approved Sharafudin Ashraf as a replacement for Asghar Afghan in the Afghanistan squad ahead of their match against India.

All-rounder Sharafudin, who has played 17 ODIs and nine T20Is, was approved as a replacement following Asghar's retirement.

A bowling all-rounder, Ashraf has claimed five wickets in his T20I career so far with figures of 3/27 on his debut in the format back in 2015 against the Netherlands.

He last featured for the Afghanistan T20I side in March, against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi.

Less than 24 hours after their heartbreaking loss to Pakistan, former skipper Afghan, who holds the record of most T20I wins as captain, announced his decision to retire post the match against Namibia.

Sharafudin was a reserve as per the allowance for teams to travel with extra players in view of COVID-19 quarantine requirements.

The replacement of a player requires the approval of the event technical committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.

The event technical committee of the T20 World Cup consists of Chris Tetley (Head of Events, Chair), Clive Hitchcock (ICC Senior Cricket Operations Manager), Rahul Dravid and Dhiraj Malhotra (BCCI Representatives), Simon Doull and Ian Bishop (Independent Members).


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