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Rashid Khan rested for one-off Test against Bangladesh

Last updated on 07 Jun 2023 | 12:32 PM
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Rashid Khan rested for one-off Test against Bangladesh

The leg spinner is still recovering from his lower-back injury that ruled him out of the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka

Afghanistan have announced a 15-member squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium starting on June 14, with Rashid Khan rested for the clash as a precautionary measure for his back injury. 

The leg spinner was involved with the Gujarat Titans for a two-month-long Indian Premier League and helped them reach the summit clash of the tournament. 

However, the 24-year-old was ruled out of the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka away from home due to his lower-back injury. While he recovered and played in the series decider on Wednesday (June 7), the team management wanted their premier spinner to recover after playing non-stop competitive cricket for the past couple of months. 

"Rashid was rested from the lone Test match against Bangladesh as he played too much non-stop cricket, and we do not want to take risk with him taking his back injury into consideration," Raees Ahmadzai, Afghanistan assistant coach, said as quoted by Cricbuzz. 

The 15-member squad has three uncapped players, with young legspinner Izharulhaq replacing Rashid along with pacers Ibrahim Abdulrahimzai and Nijat Masoud. 

Afghanistan Squad for the one-off test against Bangladesh:

Hashmatullah Shahidi (Captain), Rahmat Shah (vice-captain), Afsar Zazai (WK), Ikram Alikhail (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Abdul Malik, Baheer Shah, Nasir Jamal, Karim Janat, Zahir Khan, Izharulhaq Naweed, Hamza Hotak, Ibrahim Abdulrahimzai, Yamin Ahmadzai and Nijat Masoud

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