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Injury sees Afghanistan lose key player at T20 World Cup

Afghanistan have been forced into a change to their squad at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup with the Asian nation losing hard-hitting opener Hazratullah Zazai to injury.

Zazai, who holds the record for the second-highest score in the history of men’s T20I cricket for his brilliant 162* against Ireland in Dehradun in 2019, has been battling an abdominal and kidney concern and has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

His place in Afghanistan's 15-player squad has been taken by experienced batter Gulbadin Naib, with the veteran already in Australia and a chance to play his first T20I in almost a year later this tournament.

Afghanistan take on Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Tuesday and need a win there and from their final game of the tournament against Australia in Adelaide on Friday to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Mohammad Nabi's side are the only team yet to register a victory in Australia, but have been a shade unlucky given they have featured in two matches that have been abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.

Zazai managed just seven runs against England during the only match Afghanistan have been able to complete at the T20 World Cup, with the left-hander dismissed courtesy of a brilliant catch from Liam Livingstone.

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Liam Livingstone takes a stunner in the deep to dismiss Hazratullah Zazai | T20WC 2022

Afghanistan squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Qais Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Salim Safi, Gulbadin Naib, Usman Ghani. Standby Players: Afsar Zazai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rahmat Shah.


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