Afghanistan is sweating over the fitness of their captain Rashid Khan for the T20I series final against Bangladesh. Rashid Khan had hurt his left hamstring during the last league match against Bangladesh. Consequently, if the leg-spinner is ruled out of the final, it is going to be a huge blow for Afghanistan.
The talismanic leg-spinner has been at his best in his favourite format of the game as he has scalped six wickets in four matches. Afghanistan captain is the number one bowler in the shortest format and it would be interesting to note whether he will be able to recuperate on time.
It could be a big blow for Afghanistan.
Rashid Khan who recently turned 21, injured his left hamstring when he was trying to field a ball in the eighth over of the Bangladesh innings on Saturday. However, he came out to bowl but didn’t complete his four-overs quota. Rashid scalped two wickets and conceded 27 runs in three overs he bowled.
Former skipper Asghar Afghan or Mohammad Nabi might lead in Rashid Khan’s absence if he is ruled out.
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Team manager Nazim Jar Abdur Rahim Zai said the injury will be observed for the next couple of days before making the final call.
“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 and the day after [before taking any decision].”
Bangladesh has won three out of their four matches whereas Afghanistan won two of the four games to make their way into the final. Afghanistan will take on hosts Bangladesh in the final on Tuesday at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.