Rashid Khan is set to rejoin the Lahore Qalandars in Abu Dhabi for the remainder of the Pakistan Super League. The legspinner played two games for the side before leaving to represent Afghanistan against Zimbabwe.
Qalandars had roped in Shakib al Hasan as Rashid’s replacement but the all-rounder has pulled out of the tournament. “I am excited to be back with PSL and Lahore Qalandars,” Rashid said. “I had couple of good games with them earlier and the team went off to a good start, I am hopeful to help them continue with the momentum.”
The tournament, which originally started on February 20 in a specially set-up bio-bubble in Karachi, had to be halted after 14 games as cases of Covid-19 were traced owing to a breach of the bio-bubble. The tournament will now restart on June 1 with the final on June 20.
Rashid will link up with Sussex post the PSL for the T20 Blast and will fly to the United Kingdom right after PSL. “I am really looking forward to joining up with my teammates at Sussex upon completion of the PSL,” he said. “Whilst the travel restrictions in place have been a big factor in delaying my arrival, it is fortunate I am still able to play some high-level cricket before heading to Hove later in June.”
The T20 Blast will start on June 9 with Sussex playing their opening game on June 11. Sussex have David Wiese and Travis Head as their overseas players to fill in till Rashid’s arrival.