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Afghanistan hand Aftab Alam one-year ban

Aftab Alam has been suspended by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for a period of 12 months from all forms of domestic and international cricket after being found guilty of a code of conduct violation at the 2019 World Cup.

The right-arm paceman's contract with the national side has also been revoked for the duration of his year-long ban.

Alam had earlier been withdrawn from Afghanistan's squad for the World Cup and sent home in disgrace under "exceptional circumstances" as declared by the ICC on June 27.

Alam's alleged misconduct was thoroughly investigated by ACB's disciplinary committee following a decision taken at the board's annual general meeting in Kabul recently and he was then punished by the relevant authorities.

It was later discovered Alam had been ejected from Afghanistan's squad after complaints emerged regarding an incident of serious misbehaviour with a female guest at the team hotel in Southampton.

The alleged incident took place in the aftermath of Afghanistan's 11-run defeat to India which proved to be Alam's last appearance in the tournament.

This was not the sole instance involving Alam's disciplinary issues since he was suspended for two matches by head coach Phil Simmons for being absent at an ICC anti-corruption unit meeting on June 23 which required the presence of all players.

Alam did not have a very productive tournament campaign as he could manage to pick up only four wickets in the three games he did play for Afghanistan.

The 26-year-old had a moment of confrontation with security when he turned up at the Pakistan-India game at Old Trafford unannounced and used his player's accreditation status to force his way into one of the hospitality rooms.

Alam refused to vacate the premises creating problems before being eventually removed from the room.