Faizan Asif will replace Ashfaq, who has been provisionally suspended by the Emirates Cricket Board in relation to an ongoing corruption probe. Faizan is a left-handed opening batsman who played in the last ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland four years ago.
Upcoming wicketkeeper-batsman Vriitya Aravind, a member of the national under-19 squad, will replace Shabber, who was suspended by the ECB for opting out of the UAE squad without intimation.
The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.
The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, Chairman), Chris Tetley (ICC representative), Mazhar Khan (host representative), Maroof Fajandar (Tournament Director), Natalie Germanos and Dirk Nannes (both independent nominees).