During the warm-up match against Pakistan, Shahzad took a knee scan as he was experiencing discomfort.
But while Shahzad has reportedly insisted that he was fit, the ACB chief executive, Asadullah Khan, was adamant that there had been no foulplay in dropping the wicketkeeper-batsman.
According to Shahzad, none of the players including him knew about his exclusion from the world cup squad. "He is our main batsman, who can make a big difference with the bat, and it was a really hard decision to drop one of our key players". As per Shahzad's medical report submitted to ESPNcricinfo, he has a mild ACL strain on his left knee.
Since acquiring full membership in the ICC, Asadullah explained that Afghanistan placed greater importance in fitness. "Now that we are full members, our priority will be on fitness, in worldwide and domestic cricket", he said. The team could not have fielded an unfit player. "My heart isn't in cricket anymore", "emotional" Shahzad added.
Shahzad was Afghanistan's highest run-scorer in one-day internationals with 2,727 runs. I am a straight forward person and this attitude is not liked by many in the board", he added.He also said it was not the board which notified him about his withdrawal from the team squad but his manager who broke the news to him."The doctors said that I needed two to three days rest, they also said that I can play the match after doing the needful. "That was the moment when I found out that I was unfit".
Only manager, doctor and the captain knew that I was going to be replaced. "None of the players in the team bus knew about it and just like me, they were in shock (at the news)". "If they have a problem, they should let me know", Shahzad was quoted as saying. The team played with new openers in the game against New Zealand, where they gave a good start but failed to capitalise on it.
"I don't see myself playing anymore".
However, the organisers announced ahead of the New Zealand game on June 8 that he was ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup due to a "knee injury". "My heart is not in cricket anymore".