Wicketkeeper-batsman Shahzad, known for his distinct style of hitting sixes, is one of the key players to help transform Afghanistan into a cricket powerhouse.
Chitwan Tigers have retained Afghanistan batsman Mohammad Shahzad for the Everest Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament to be held at the TU grounds from September 25 to October 9.
The 34-year-old was signed by Chitwan Tigers for the last edition of the game before it was canceled owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are thrilled to continue from where we left last time. His addition, a bonafide international cricket star, will add the much-needed exuberance and experience in Tigers’ young batting lineup,” said Binita Chaudhary Bhattarai, the operations director of Chitwan Tigers in a statement on Sunday.
Wicketkeeper batsman Shahzad, known for his distinct style of hitting sixes, is one of the key players to help transform Afghanistan into a cricket powerhouse. The right-hander has played an influential role in guiding Afghanistan to ICC T20 World Cup on four occasions from 2010. He, however, has not played for Afghanistan national team since 2019 due to his differences with Afghanistan Cricket Board.
He is the first Afghani player to score a One-Day International (ODI) century when he scored 110 runs against the Netherlands in 2009. He also scored a century against India during the 2018 Asia Cup. He has the experience of playing in the Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League, among others.
“Can’t wait to hit some sixes at Kathmandu. Nepal fans are among the most passionate ones in the world. I look forward to donning the Tigers’ colors and entertain everyone,” Shahzad was quoted as saying.
He is the second international star Chitwan Tigers acquired after Pakistani international Danish Aziz.
The six-team franchise tournament is being organized by Zhora Sports Management.