T20 World Cup: Afghanistan’s Sharafuddin Ashraf approved as replacement for retired Asghar Afghan

Afghanistan’s Sharafuddin Ashraf has been approved as Asghar Afghan’s replacement in the Twenty20 World Cup squad, the tournament’s Event Technical Committee said on Tuesday.

Afghan retired from all forms of the game after a weekend meeting with Namibia, who gave the 33-year-old a guard of honor as he went out to bat.

“All-rounder Sharafuddin, who has played 17 ODIs and nine T20Is, was approved as a replacement following concerns about Asghar’s mental well-being,” the ICC said in a statement.

“Sharafudin was a reserve as per the allowances of the teams for traveling with additional players in view of the COVID-19 quarantine requirements.”

Afghanistan are second in Group 2 with two wins after three matches in the Super 12 stage. They will play India on Wednesday.

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