The NewsYet – World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand game – India Today
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The NewsYet – The Afghanistan cricket team decided to not field Rashid Khan during their defence of 173 vs New Zealand in Taunton after the leg-spinner failed concussion tests. Rashid was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Lockie Ferguson on Saturday
World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson rushed to check on Rashid Khan after the Afghanistan leg-spinner was hit on the helmet on Saturday (Reuters Photo)
The NewsYet – HIGHLIGHTS
- Rashid Khan was hit on his helmet when he tried to duck a bouncer
- Rashid Khan did not bowl for Afghanistan vs New Zealand in Taunton
- Rashid was pulled out as a precaution after blow to the head
World No. 3 and Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan did not come out to bowl during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand in Taunton after taking a blow to his head in Taunton on Saturday.
Rashid Khan was hit on his helmet by New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson in the 34th over of Afghanistan’s innings. Rashid ducked into the 138 kph delivery that slammed into his helmet.
Rashid was visibly jolted even as some of the New Zealand players, including captain Kane Williamson, rushed to check on him. The ball ricocheted on the stumps as Rashid walked back to the hut without troubling the scorers.
Rashid reportedly failed two concussion tests which have become mandatory in international cricket after a batsman takes a blow on his helmet. The first test was held 45 minutes before the second even as Afghanistan bowlers came out to defend the total.
“He has been pulled out as a precaution after being hit on his head while batting,” the International Cricket Council said.
Rashid played no further part in Afghanistan’s third match of World Cup 2019 vs New Zealand. However, it is expected he will be available for the remainder of the tournament.
Rashid has been Afghanistan’s premier bowler across all formats of the game. The Sunrisers Hyderabad star has picked up only 3 wickets so far as the fast-rising Asian team are winless so far.
On Saturday, Afganistan failed to make good use of a solid start from openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali as they were bowled out for 172 despite a 66-run opening stand.
Hashmatullah Shahidi played a valiant knock of 59 even as he kept losing partners at some pace.
James Neesham picked up his maiden five-wicket haul and finished with his career-best figures of 31 for 5 as Afghanistan batsmen found New Zealand pacers too hot to handle.
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