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Afghanistan sweating on Rashid's fitness ahead of tri-series final

21 Sep 2019 CricBuzz

Afghanistan are sweating over the fitness of Rashid Khan ahead of the tri-series final against hosts Bangladesh, with their captain's participation being uncertain after he suffered a hamstring injury in their last round-robin match on Saturday (September 21).

Rashid left the field after sustaining the injury to his left hamstring in the eighth over of the second innings while trying to stop a run. He appeared in a lot of pain and the physio immediately rushed to attend to him before Rashid limped off the field.

After four overs, he returned to the field and also picked up two wickets but he didn't appear to be comfortable. Afghanistan team manager Nazim Jar Abdur Rahim Zai later told reporters at the post match press conference that they are hoping that Rashid will be fit before the final but cannot guarantee his participation.

"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)," he said.

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan in the game in Chattogram on Saturday to end a losing streak that had stretched to four matches. Both teams will move to Dhaka to play in the final which is scheduled for September 24 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.


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