English spinner Adil Rashid is set to miss the binational test series between his nation and India. However, his absence is not because of a freak injury, but a holy pilgrimage to Mecca for which he has managed to receive a clearance from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
RASHID WILL MISS SOME MATCHES OF YORKSHIRE AND ENGLAND NATIONAL CRICKET TEAM
A pilgrimage to Mecca – a holy location in Islam – is one every Muslim is recommended to attempt at least once in their lifetime. Due to his busy cricketing schedule, Rashid was finding it difficult to manage some time for the pilgrimage, which is named Hajj. Now, however, he has received clearance from Yorkshire – the county he represents – and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and will travel to Saudi Arabia alongside his wife as his teammates play India in white-ball contests.
The thought of playing cricket whilst fasting during Ramadan can be daunting for many recreational players. Preparing in advance can help. Haseeb Hameed and Adil Rashid focus on training later in the day and the importance of communicating with the team.#Ramadan | @NujumSports pic.twitter.com/tNXs1hrQSC
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) March 21, 2022
He will miss part of Yorkshire’s domestic campaign, especially Twenty20 Blast matches. He will also miss the T20 and One Day International series between England and India.
IT IS SOMETHING HE HAD WANTED TO DO FOR A LONG TIME, AND HE IS HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO DO IT WHILE HE IS YOUNG AND HEALTHY
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Rashid revealed that he had been trying to find some time for Hajj for a little while, but his busy cricket schedule proved to be a major hindrance. It was something he both felt he had to attempt and wanted to attempt.
“I’ve been wanting to do it for a little while, but I’ve found it pretty difficult with the timings. This year, I felt as though it was something that I had to do, and something I wanted to do as well,” he said.
When he contacted Yorkshire and ECB, the authorities were totally supportive. They asked him to complete the pilgrimage and come back to cricketing duties when he felt he could.
“I spoke to the ECB and to Yorkshire about it and they were very understanding and encouraging, like: ‘Yep, you do what you’ve got to do and then come back when you can’,” Rashid added.
Rashid added that he and his wife would be at Mecca for a couple of weeks,. It is a massive moment for him and he is happy to be able to complete it while he is young and healthy.
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