Rashid Khan undergoes lower-back surgery

Written by Sumit Seth

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) revealed that star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan underwent minor lower-back surgery in the UK. The talismanic spinner, however, will miss the Big Bash League, which begins on December 7.According to a statement made by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Friday, Rashid, who was instrumental in the team’s triumph against England and Pakistan during the World Cup in India, had been operated on by a renowned surgeon in the UK.

“Afghanistan’s cricket sensation, @rashidkhan_19, underwent a minor lower back surgery with the expertise of renowned surgeon Dr. James Alibone in the UK. He has been rested for a brief while and is expected to recover soon,” said the ACB statement on X.

Fellow cricketer Mohammad Nabi posted a photo of Rashid after surgery, “Get well soon, king.”

Rashid’s BBL team, Adelaide Strikers, stated on Thursday that he would undergo a small operation soon. Rashid has been a Strikers player since 2017.”Rashid is a beloved member of the Strikers and a fan favourite who has been with us for seven years, so he will be extremely missed this summer,” Tim Nielsen, GM of Cricket at Adelaide Strikers, said.”Rashid loves Adelaide and the Strikers, and we know how much he loves playing in the BBL, and we support him as he has treatment for this injury to ensure his long-term involvement in the game.

“Our list management and coaching staff will now look at our options for replacing Rashid for the upcoming season and a replacement player will be announced in due course.”

Rashid, who was part of Afghanistan’s spirited campaign in the ODI World Cup in India, had earlier threatened to skip BBL to protest Australia cancelling an ODI series against them.

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