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ICC World Cup: Afghanistan's Shafiq replaces injured Ashraf

Sydney: Shafiqullah Shafiq has replaced the injured Mirwais Ashraf in Afghanistan's World Cup squad, the International Cricket Council announced late Wednesday.

The ICC's event technical committee said in a statement that Ashraf was suffering from a side strain, having injured himself in Afghanistan's four-wicket Pool A loss to Sri Lanka, where he made 28, in Dunedin on Sunday.

Shafiq, a 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, has played 10 One-Day internationals in which he has scored 179 runs at an average of 25.57 and dismissed six batsmen. His last ODI was against the United Arab Emirates in December 2014.

Afghanistan, beaten by both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their opening two pool matches, will look to record their first World Cup win when they face fellow non-Test side Scotland in Dunedin on Thursday.

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