Afghanistan's spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman is set to miss the rest of the ICC T20 World Cup owing to a recurring finger injury, which also sidelined him from the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL). Mujeeb participated in Afghanistan's initial match against Uganda but has been absent since, reportedly due to a sprain in his bowling hand's index finger. Media reports indicate that Rahman has been substituted by opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai, a decision confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday, post Afghanistan's victory over Papua New Guinea, and approved by the event technical committee. Although Zazai is not a direct replacement for Mujeeb, his inclusion is expected to significantly strengthen Afghanistan's batting lineup. Despite not having played a T20I since February of this year, Zazai has experience from the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups and holds the team's second-highest individual score in men's T20I cricket. Afghanistan has secured a position in the Super Eight stage following their win against PNG and is scheduled to play their final group match against the West Indies on Monday in Saint Lucia.