Rashid should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Naib

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New Zealand's Kane Williamson and Umpire Aleem Dar check that Afghanistan's Rashid Khan is okay after a ball bowled by Lockie Ferguson bounced off his helmet. Photo: PTI

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib is expecting his main strike bowler Rashid Khan to be fit for the side’s next World Cup game against South Africa on June 15, following a blow to his head while batting against New Zealand.

Star spinner Rashid did not come out to bowl after being hit on the head by a sharp Ferguson bouncer in the first innings. Afghanistan eventually suffered their third loss in a row here on Saturday.

Rashid underwent a concussion test and thereafter it was decided that he would not take the field for the remainder of the game. However, Naib is not too worried over Rashid’s fitness as Afghanistan’s next game is a week away, giving him plenty of time to recover.

“He’s feeling now better. The doctor said dont go to the field but now he’s feeling well. So he needed rest. So obviously we have a couple of days. Hes fine now,” Naib said after the seven-wicket loss to New Zealand.

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“I asked the physio if he needed rest, some headache. We have a rest of one week for the other game. So now hes feeling well. So he should go to hospital and check for some tests. He’s well. Afghani people are strong. So it’s just a small thing,” he added.

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