Left-arm medium pacer Sayed Ahmad Shirzad will replace Aftab Alam for the remainder of the ongoing World Cup in the Afghanistan squad, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Thursday.

According to an ICC statement, Alam has been replaced under exceptional circumstances.

“The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Sayed Ahmad Shirzad as a replacement player for Aftab Alam in Afghanistan’s squad for the remainder of the tournament,” the ICC said in a statement.

Already out of the reckoning with seven defeats from as many games, Afghanistan now have only pride to play for in their remaining two games – against Pakistan on Saturday and West Indies on July 4.