Afghan crick­eter in trou­ble for play­ing in Pak­istan

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Trou­ble-prone Afghanistan wick­et­keeper Mo­ham­mad Shahzad has been fined af­ter he was caught play­ing for a Pak­istani cricket club with­out per­mis­sion. Shahzad has been or­dered to pay 300,000 Afgha­nis (about Dh15,700) and re­turn to Afghanistan af­ter tak­ing part in a lo­cal tour­na­ment in Peshawar, a Pak­istani city near the Afghan bor­der. Shahzad, 30, went to Pak­istan af­ter Afghanistan re­turned from Zim­babwe last month fol­low­ing their qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2019 World Cup, Lut­ful­lah Stanikzai, head of me­dia and mar­ket­ing for the Afghanistan Cricket Board said. Rules re­quire play­ers to ob­tain a “no ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate” if they want to play matches other than those ap­proved by the ACB.

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