Due to a back ailment, Rashid Khan has withdrawn from the 13th Big Bash League season. The Adelaide Strikers’ Afghanistan all-around player will instead have a small surgical procedure.
Strikers confirmed in a statement on Thursday (November 23) that Rashid had withdrawn from the forthcoming BBL 13 “due to a back injury which requires a minor operation”. The Strikers have stated they will keep Rashid’s retention rights for upcoming campaigns, even if they haven’t yet revealed who will replace him.
“Rashid loves Adelaide and the Strikers, and we know how much he loves playing in the BBL, and we support him as he has treatment for this injury to ensure his long-term involvement in the game.”
Rashid made his BBL debut in December 2017 and has since taken 98 wickets at an economy rate of 6.44 and an average of 17.51 in 69 games.
After Harry Brook of the Melbourne Stars decided to withdraw early in order to manage his workload, Rashid is the second well-known player to pull out of the forthcoming BBL.