Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad was dropped from his side under contentious circumstances after he was declared unfit by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). However, upon returning to Afghanistan, Shahzad claimed he was in fact fit and prejudice against him on part of the ACB played against him.
Skipper Gulbadin Naib is, nevertheless, confident his team can overlook the off-field troubles and focus on the upcoming crucial contests. "Obviously we missed Shahzad. We have good youngsters on the team now on the side, so we're excited,” he said.
Giving good news regarding leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s recovery after being hit by a bouncer from Lockie Ferguson, Naib said that the star Afghan player was now doing well.
“He's quite good now. He joined yesterday's practise session as well. Now he's feeling much better now. It's not that serious. Obviously when you are hit hard on the head you have something like a problem, like the head is sore. But now he's feeling well,” he stated.