Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan will miss the three-match Twenty20 series against India due to injury, but the team has plenty of experience in reserve, skipper Ibrahim Zadran said Wednesday.
The series commences on 11 January in Mohali.
From pickup games in dusty parks or narrow alleys to high-intensity training at well-kitted academies, young Afghans have cricket fever -- a trend spiked by the surprise performance of the Afghan national team at the recent ODI World Cup.
Star Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan pulled out of Australia's Big Bash League Thursday with a back injury that requires minor surgery, his team said.
Afghanistan need a big victory in order to get a significant boost to their net run rate as they look to keep their World Cup 2023 semifinal hopes alive when they face a South Africa outfit looking to bounce back from a crushing defeat at the hands of India.
Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi said Thursday that he had "wanted and expected more" at the World Cup as dreams of a semi-final place slipped away.
Shahidi’s performances so far in this World Cup have forced everyone to take notice of the southpaw.
Prior to the Sunday's fixture in Delhi, the highly anticipated quadrennial tournament was following the expected route, more or less, devoid of any big upset that would force the casual fans to take notice.
Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman on Sunday dedicated his team's stunning Cricket World Cup victory over champions England to the victims of the earthquakes which have rocked his country.