Afghanistan’s star all-rounder Rashid Khan has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka due to a finger injury. The third and final ODI is scheduled for June 7 in Hambantota, and there is hope that Rashid will be fit to play in that match. The three-match international series began on Friday, June 2, with the first ODI taking place in Hambantota. The second ODI will be played on Sunday, June 4, at the same venue.
Rashid’s absence is a big blow to Afghanistan’s chances in the series, as he is one of their key players. The team will have to rely on other players to step up and fill the void left by Rashid’s injury. Afghanistan will be hoping that their other spinners, such as Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and young spinner Pradeep, will take more responsibility in the spin department.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be looking to take advantage of Rashid’s absence and secure a series win. They have a strong team, with experienced players such as Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga leading the way. Sri Lanka will be hoping to build on their recent success in the Champions Trophy, where they reached the semi-finals.
After the completion of the ODI series, Afghanistan will travel to Bangladesh to play a one-off Test match in Chittagong. The team will be looking to make a strong start in their Test cricket journey, and a win against Bangladesh would be a great way to do so. However, they will have to do so without Rashid, who is likely to miss the Test match as well.
In Rashid’s absence, Afghanistan will be led by their captain, Asghar Stanikzai. He will have to lead from the front and ensure that the team remains focused and motivated throughout the series. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be led by Upul Tharanga, who has been in good form recently.