AFG IN SL, 2023
Rashid Khan has been ruled out of the first two ODIs © AFP
Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi said on Thursday that they are wishing for Rashid Khan to be available for the last game of the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
The Afghans received a huge blow as a back injury has ruled Rashid out of the opening two games of the series, which starts at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota on June 2. The second and third games are slated respectively on June 4 and 7 at the same venue.
“He [Rashid] has a back issue, a little bit of a niggle on his back so we are praying for his recovery that he comes back. I think he will miss the first two games and he comes back to the squad,” Shahidi told reporters on Thursday.
“As you said he is our main bowler and our superstar bowler we will miss him and at the same time it’s a good opportunity for other youngsters to show their talent,” he said.
“He is one of the guys very important and we should keep him for the future games and he is important for us for the Asia Cup and the World Cup,” he added.
Shahidi added that he feels it will be a good preparation for them ahead of the World Cup, scheduled in India from October- November, as the conditions of both countries are quite similar.
“It will be good preparation for us because the condition in Sri Lanka and India are the same and it will not change [in World Cup] so this will be good preparation for us for our team combination as it will be like good preparation for us,” said Shahidi.
“We haven’t played here [Sri Lanka] but some of the boys played league cricket here so I have talked with them about the condition and the pitch and ground to have an idea,” he said.