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Rashid Khan in doubt for T20I tri-series final

Rashid Khan in doubt for T20I tri-series final
September 22, 2019

KABUL (92 News) - Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan, who hurt his left hamstring during the final league stage game against Bangladesh, is in doubt for their repeat clash on Tuesday, 24 September, in the final of the tri-nation series, also involving Zimbabwe.

The 21-year-old sustained the injury while fielding during the eighth over of Bangladesh's successful chase at Chattogram on Saturday, 21 September. Afghanistan had already secured qualification for the final, so defeat wasn't as big a concern as the injury to their captain and most accomplished T20I player. He vinced in pain as he pulled up and was attended to by the team physio before hobbling off the ground.   He showed a lot of character in returning to the field later, and also claimed the wickets of Mahmudullah and Atif Hossain to try and dent Bangladesh's chase despite being in evident discomfort. Rashid is the No.1 bowler on the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Rankings, and Afghanistan will fancy their chances in the final a lot more if he is able to participate. Team manager Nazim Jar Abdur Rahim Zai said the injury would be monitored over the next couple of days. "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]." Earlier, Rashid Khan picked up six second innings wickets to lead Afghanistan to a famous 224-run win over Bangladesh in the maiden Test match between the two sides at Chattogram on Monday. Racing against time to complete a win with less than four overs left in the weather-hit match, the longest-format rookies bundled out the hosts for 173 in their second innings amid a drizzle and fading light. The 20-year-old Rashid, who became the youngest Test captain ever during the one-off match, took six for 49 in the second innings to finish with 11 wickets in the match to go with his knock of 51 with the bat in the first innings.
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