Lahore Qalandars’ PSL 9 Campaign Takes a Hit with Player’s Unavailability

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Lahore Qalandars' PSL 9 Campaign Takes a Hit with Player's Unavailability
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The defending champs of the Pakistan Super League, Lahore Qalandars, face a setback as leg-spinner Rashid Khan is ruled out due to a back injury. Rashid underwent surgery, informing the Qalandars’ management about his unavailability.

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The PSL event in Lahore starts on February 17, and Rashid’s absence is a significant blow for Lahore Qalandars. They now need to find an alternative spinner to fill Rashid’s shoes.

Expressing regret over Rashid’s unavailability, Lahore Qalandars’ Chief Executive, Atif Rana, stated, “It’s upsetting to lose Rashid Khan, a big name and a match-winner. No one can fully replace him. We’ll try to include a good player in the squad in his place.”

Afghanistan’s head coach, Jonathan Trott, earlier highlighted the team’s cautious approach to Rashid’s injury. Trott emphasized the need to handle Rashid’s recovery carefully, considering his significant influence on the team.

“We must ensure we’re cautious with his back. He’s an influential player, and rushing him back from this surgery is not an option. Giving him the right time is crucial, and he’s working hard with the team,” Trott explained.

Rashid has been a key player for Lahore Qalandars, contributing significantly to their two-time champions IP victories in the PSL.

His absence will undoubtedly be felt, and the team now faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement before the upcoming tournament.

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