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First Scotland-Afghanistan ODI abandoned due to persistent rain

10 May 2019 CricBuzz

The first game of the two-match ODI series between Scotland and Afghanistan was abandoned without a ball bowled (no toss) at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The umpires did everything at their disposal, including taking an early lunch, but persistent rain, which lasted for nearly six hours, left them with no option but to call the game off.

The two ODIs here and two more against Ireland were Afghanistan's tune-up games before the World Cup starting later this month. The squad for this series is missing several star players, who are in India playing IPL, and the series is therefore seen as an opportunity for some of the players to make a mark in the chances provided. New captain Gulbadin Naib too will need a few games to set the kind of process he expects from his team.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Hamid Hassan is set to retire after the World Cup and will be itching to get on the park in these upcoming matches to prepare for his final hurrah. In a recent interview with Afghanistan Cricket Board, Hassan said: "Probably this is going to be my last World Cup for my country. I may stop playing ODI cricket after this tournament. However, I would continue playing T20 cricket, either for Afghanistan or in the Shpageeza League or the leagues abroad."

"As a player who has dedicated all his life to cricket, the decision to quit is always a tough one. However, after a lot of thought, I felt after the injuries and the recovery process I went through, it is time to consider my health seriously."

There are forecasts for scattered showers for the second ODI on Friday.

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