Published:10 March 2021
The Afghanistan cricket team was dealt a huge blow ahead of the Test and T20I series against Zimbabwe, as the celebrated spin bowler Rashid Khan has sustained a finger injury to his bowling arm. In two test matches followed by three T20I internationals, Afghanistan is scheduled to lock horns against Zimbabwe beginning on March 2 2021, at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi in UAE.
Rashid suffered the finger injury in the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League when plying his trade for franchise Lahore Qalandars. This was the first time the spinner had been featured in the Pakistan League as he was chosen as a platinum player in the players' draft by the Lahore Qalandars.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board, considering the injury, has yet to make a statement on whether Rashid will be available in the UAE for the first Test match beginning March 2. Rashid is currently seeking treatment in the Emirates and, after a reassessment of his injury on February 28, the final call for his inclusion in the first test will be taken.
After being featured in only two games for his team to complete his Afghanistan's national duties, Rashid Khan left the PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars. Rashid delivered a stunning performance in the two games he played for the Qalandars, as he impressed with both bat and ball. In the first game against Peshawar Zalmi, the bowler conceded just 14 runs off his four overs, though he played a fine cameo of 27 with the bat, not out of 15 balls. This was followed by Rashid picking up one wicket against Quetta Gladiators when the Qalandars thrashed nine wickets.