I’d do anything for my country, says Rashid Khan ahead of the final against Bangladesh
Rashid Khan is doubtful for the tri-series final against Bangladesh.
Updated - Sep 23, 2019 4:12 pm
Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan cricketer who is currently involved in ongoing tri-series in Bangladesh has met with a hamstring injury ahead of the final. Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are the three teams that have participated in the tri-series. In the last league match, Rashid Khan got injured and the chances of him playing in the final are very bleak.
On Saturday, the 21-year-old injury came in the eighth over against Bangladesh during the run chase. Although Afghanistan lost the match by four wickets, they had already secured a spot in the final. Zimbabwe had already been out of the tournament after losing 3 out of their 4 encounters. The final of the tournament will be played on 24th September in Dhaka.
Afghanistan team manager has his say over the availability of Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan, who is currently the number 1 spinner in the ICC T20I bowlers rankings, will look to bonker his team’s chances against Bangladesh in the finals if he is fit to play. According to team manager Nazim Jar Abdur Rahim Zai, the injury of the spinner will be monitored for a couple of days and expects that the injury is not serious,
“I cannot say that he will be available [for the final],” Zai told reporters. “He is doing well and let’s see what’s happening. We will have two or three days for recovery. I hope it’s not that serious because he is our captain and main player and we will monitor him tomorrow before taking any decision.”
Rashid Khan has his say
After playing the final league stage, Rashid Khan felt he had the option of not bowling against Bangladesh but it was about his nation, “I shouldn’t have bowled (against Bangladesh) in the last game with an injury but I’d do anything for my country. I saw how Asghar Afghan played in the WC qualifier four days after his appendicitis operation, so if I have a 10% chance, I will always play.” as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
The 21-year-old Afghanistan spinner has taken 6 wickets in his 4 appearances in the ongoing Tri-series. After struggling with his hamstring in the last match, he went on to take wickets of Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain, though his side ended up facing a defeat.