Afghanistan issue one-month ultimatum to foreign-based players; keeper-batsman fined for playing in local Pakistan tournament
Afghanistan star Mohammad Shahzad has been given a firm ultimatum by his national cricket board – move home within a month or risk losing your contract.
Shahzad, the ninth-ranked T20 batsman in the world, was this weekend fined more than AUD$5000 by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for playing in a local tournament in the Pakistani city of Peshawar without permission.
The wicketkeeper-batsman lives in Peshawar, some 55km from the Afghanistan border, the city in which he spent much of his early life in a refugee camp.
But the ACB has moved to clamp down on their national players living overseas, giving players a month to move to their homeland.
"(Players) are not allowed to travel to any country without permission," ACB chairman Atif Mashal told ESPN.
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