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07-Jun-2023 16:36:00 GMT
Afghanistan in Bangladesh 2023

Rashid Khan rested for one-off Test against Bangladesh

Dubai: Afghanistan's ace cricketer Rashid Khan will not feature in the upcoming one-off Test match against Bangladesh.

The ace spinner has been rested for the Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur which is set to begin on June 14. Afghanistan Cricket announced Rashid's absence on their Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Along with Rashid, Afghan allrounder Azmatullah Omarzai also won't feature in the Test. He missed the third ODI against Sri Lanka and is now set to sit out the Test with a groin injury.

According to ACB, he will undergo rehab and remain under full medical observation until he makes his return.

Vice-captain Rahmat Shah remains likely to feature alongside Abdul Malik and Ibrahim Zadran to add strength to the top order.

Afsar Zazai and Ikram Alikhil will go into the Test as Afghanistan's wicketkeeping options. Javed Ahmadi and Wafadar Momand, who haven't featured in a Test for Afghanistan since March 2021, will continue to miss out on red-ball cricket

However, 34-year-old Noor Ali Zadran has found a spot among the reserves.

Afghanistan Squad:
Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Rahmat Shah (vice-captain), Afsar Zazai (wk), Ikram Alikhil, Ibrahim Zadran, Abdul Malik, Bahir Shah, Nasir Jamal, Karim Janat, Zahir Khan, Izharulhaq Naveed, Amir Hamza, Ibrahim Abdulrahimzai, Yamin Ahmadzai, Nijat Masood

Reserves: Noor Ali Zadran, Zia-ur-Rehman, Azmatullah Omarzai and Sayed Shirzad.

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