New Delhi: Ahead of their inaugural Test against India from 14-18 June in Bengaluru, Afghanistan were dealt a major blow after paceman Dawlat Zadran was ruled out with a knee injury.
Zadran was also ruled out of his side's three T20 Internationals against Bangladesh, starting 3 June in Dehradun, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release stated.
Fast bowler @dawlat_zadarn suffered a knee injury during the training camp in India. He has been advised one month's rest by doctors. Therefore, he will not be available for the T20I series against Bangladesh as well as Afghanistan's one-off Test against India.
— Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) May 27, 2018
According to the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB), the 30-year-old pacer hurt himself during training in India and was advised a month's rest.
Zadran, who has 137 wickets from 105 international matches, has been in good form for Afghanistan. During their title run in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe earlier this year, he picked up eight wickets and also took a hat-trick in the warm-up match before the main tournament.
The absence of an experienced paceman capable of hitting 140kph could leave the team with some concerns.
The team has been training at Greater Noida under coach Phil Simmons ahead of these matches.
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In an open letter to Australia skipper Paine, Afghan said that his country's team has the right to play not only in the upcoming T20 World Cup but in all ICC organised tournaments/events in accordance with the rules and regulations of ICC.
While Mithali, who retains her number one spot, is now tied in first place with Lee at 762 rating points, with Australia's Alyssa Healy in third place, India opener Smiriti Mandhana also held on to her ninth spot.
Afghanistan have directly qualified for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup and are placed in Group 2 alongside Pakistan, New Zealand and the two qualifiers.