‘We are praying for his recovery’: Hashmatullah Shahidi awaits Rashid Khan’s return to squad for third ODI against Sri Lanka

Afghanistan is set to take on Sri Lanka in the 3-match ODI series which begins on June 2. Afghanistan have been hit hard as revolving star Rashid Khan has been ruled out of the first 2 ODIs.

This ODI series will serve as a springboard for the Sri Lankan cricket team as the island nation is set to play the 2023 World Cup Qualifiers, which is scheduled for June-July 2023 in Zimbabwe. Along with Sri Lanka, West Indies will also be competing with 8 other teams as we can expect plenty of surprises.

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The Dasun Shanaka led side need to play a bit smart in the ODI overs as the ultra attacking approach is not that sustainable in the ODI format. All eyes would be on veteran hitter Angelo Matthews, as he will need to provide stability in the middle phase.

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Rashid Khan has a back problem- Hashmatullah Shahidi

Hasmatullah Shahidi was having an interaction with reporters and was optimistic that wily spinner Rashid Khan will likely play the 3rd ODI, which is scheduled for June 7 (*Wednesday).

“Rashid Khan has a back problem, a little back problem, so we are praying for his recovery to come back. I think he will miss the first two games and return to the squad ”. Hasmatullah Shahidi said.

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“As you said, he is our main bowler and our superstar bowler, he will be missed and at the same time it is a good opportunity for other youngsters to show their talent. He is one of the very important guys and we have to keep him for the future. he games and he is important for us for the Asian Cup and the World Cup ”, added.

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We haven’t played in Sri Lanka- Hashmatullah Shahidi

Hashmatullah Shahidi said that the series would serve as a good preparation for ODI WC 2023, which is scheduled for India. Hashmatullah Shahidi said that they have some players who have played in the Lankan Premier League (LPL) and their experience would be vital.

“It will be a good preparation for us because the conditions in Sri Lanka and India are the same and will not change. [in World Cup] so this will be a good preparation for us for our team mix as it will be a good preparation for us.” said Hashmatullah Shahidi.

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“Here we have not played [Sri Lanka] but some of the lads played league cricket here so I talked to them about the conditions and the pitch to get an idea.” added.

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