Cricket fans, brace yourselves for some news that may change the dynamics of the forthcoming three-match T20I series between Afghanistan and India. Unfortunately, renowned leg-spinner Rashid Khan will miss the game owing to a back ailment. Let’s go into the facts and see how Rashid’s absence affects the Lahore Qalandars team.
Rashid Khan’s back injury
Rashid Khan, the explosive leg-spinner, has been declared unavailable for the T20I series against India, a setback for the Lahore Qalandars’ spin department. His absence is due to a long-term back issue. This setback also caused him to miss the Big Bash League (BBL) and the SA20. Rashid Khan’s comeback has not been easy. A lower-back operation has kept him out of competitive cricket, raising questions about his match fitness. Despite following the squad to Chandigarh, Rashid is still not able to play, according to Afghanistan skipper Ibrahim Zadran.
Ibrahim Zadran understands the importance of Rashid Khan’s expertise in the squad and says that his leave would be noticed. However, in typical cricket spirit, Ibrahim underlines the team’s preparedness to handle any eventuality. He expresses optimism that Rashid’s rehabilitation goes as planned. Rashid Khan’s last on-field participation was during the ODI World Cup in October-November. His omission from Afghanistan’s recent T20I series victory over the UAE raised questions about his match fitness and suitability for competitive cricket.
As the Afghanistan prepare for the T20I series against India, the absence of Rashid Khan poses a significant task. The spin department, managed by a strong ensemble, is responsible for filling the hole left by the great leg-spinner. This is concerning for Lahore Qalandars since Rashid Khan is one of their ace bowlers in the HBL PSL. However, they have the replacements ready in the shape of Syed Faridoun Mahmood and Kamran Ghulam. Faridoun might be a better choice since he is a wrist spinner. Let’s see what happens with the LQ team dynamics with Rashid Khan’s potential absence.