London, June 7 : Afghanistan opener and wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a knee injury and Ikram Ali Khil has been called up as his replacement.
The ICC on Thursday confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Khil as a replacement player for Shahzad in the Afghanistan squad for the remainder of the tournament.
Earlier, Shahzad was retired hurt after suffering a knee injury in Afghanistan's warm-up fixture against Pakistan. However, the wicket-keeper batsman played in their opening games against Australia and Sri Lanka and the injury got aggravated which ultimately ruled him out of participation in the rest of the competition.
Shahzad has been Afghanistan's second highest run-scorer in one-day internationals with 1843 runs in 55 innings since the 2015 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Ali Khil, his replacement, made his international debut against Ireland last year. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. (UNI)