Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ruled out of T20 World Cup, Zazai named replacement

The big-hitting Zazai, who has played 43 T20Is, is not a like-for-like replacement for Mujeeb.
Afghanistan's Mujeeb-ur-Rahman celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh's Mohammad Naim during the T20 Asia Cup cricket match.
Afghanistan's Mujeeb-ur-Rahman celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh's Mohammad Naim during the T20 Asia Cup cricket match. (File photo | AP)

GROS ISLET: Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a finger injury with batter Hazratullah Zazai replacing him in the Afghanistan squad.

The 23-year-old Mujeeb, who has injured his right index finger, has played only one of Afghanistan's three games in the tournament so far, at Gros Islet in the opening fixture against Uganda.

"The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 has approved Hazratullah Zazai as a replacement for Mujeeb ur Rahman in the Afghanistan squad," the ICC said in a media release.

Afghanistan, who have already qualified for the Super Eight round, will play their final group match against the tournament co-hosts West Indies.

The big-hitting Zazai, who has played 43 T20Is, is not a like-for-like replacement for Mujeeb.

However, the Afghans have 19-year-old left-arm spinner Noor Ahmed in the squad, who is likely to fill the void left by Mujeeb.

The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the player can be officially added to the squad.

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