Leg-spinner Adil Rashid is likely to miss all the six matches against India. He can make a comeback before the limited overs series against South Africa.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has allowed Adil Rashid to perform Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, so that this leg-spinner will not be able to play in the limited overs series against India next month (ENG vs IND Series). Rashid will leave for Saudi Arabia on Saturday which means he will not be able to play for Yorkshire in the final leg of the T20 Blast.
Rashid told ESPNcricinfo, “I have been wanting to go on Haj pilgrimage for some time now but I was not getting the proper time. This year I felt it was something I had to do, something I also wanted to do.”
He said, “I spoke to the ECB and Yorkshire about this and they understood my point. They said you should do this (Hajj pilgrimage). I will be there for a few weeks.”
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Rashid was part of England’s recently concluded tour of the Netherlands, where his team won the three-match ODI series 3-0.
Rashid said, “It is a big moment for me. Each religion has its own thing, but for Islam and as a Muslim, for us, the Hajj pilgrimage is the most important.”
The limited overs series between India and England will be played from July 7 to 17, which includes three T20s and as many ODIs.
Rashid is likely to miss all the six matches. He can make a comeback before the limited overs series against South Africa.
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