Afghanistan’s dynamic all-rounder, Rashid Khan, has opted out of the 13th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) following a back injury, paving the way for a minor surgery. Rashid, a key player for the Adelaide Strikers, will undergo the necessary procedure as confirmed by the team in a statement on Thursday (November 23).
The Adelaide Strikers, while yet to unveil a replacement for Rashid, expressed their commitment to retaining his rights for future seasons. Tim Neilsen, the General Manager of Cricket for Adelaide Strikers, acknowledged Rashid’s significant contributions, stating, “Rashid is a beloved member of the Strikers and a fan favorite who has been with us for seven years, so he will be extremely missed this summer.”
Neilsen further emphasized the team’s support for Rashid’s decision to seek treatment for his injury, ensuring his prolonged involvement in the game. Rashid Khan, who made his BBL debut in December 2017, has showcased his prowess with 98 wickets in 69 matches, boasting an average of 17.51 and an economy rate of 6.44.
This development marks the second high-profile withdrawal from the upcoming BBL, following Melbourne Stars’ Harry Brook, who chose to step back to manage his workload.