World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand game

first_imgWorld 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.advertisementHashmatullah 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.Also Read | England flaunt batting firepower to bounce back with thumping win over BangladeshAlso Read | No player will think of what MS Dhoni is sporting on his gloves on Sunday: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img read more