Adil Rashid to miss England v India white ball series due to Mecca pilgrimage | Cricket News


England will be without footman Adil Rashid for their upcoming T20 and one-day internationals against India as he makes the holy pilgrimage to Mecca; Rashid played in all three games of the recent ODI series win over the Netherlands

Last update: 23/06/22 21:38

Adil Rashid will not take part in England’s clean-ball series against India

Adil Rashid will miss England’s clean-ball series against India after being allowed to make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Hajj is an annual trip to the holy city of Saudi Arabia that all Muslims with physical and financial means are expected to take once in their lifetime.

Rashid has struggled to make the pilgrimage due to timings and commitments, but the leg spinner and his wife will make the trip this weekend after being given the green light by Yorkshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The 34-year-old will miss some of Yorkshire’s Vitality Blast and England’s Twenty20 matches and one-day internationals against India, but said it felt like a ‘big boost’ to him to get such support from the county and the country.

Rashid said ESPNcricinfo: “I had wanted to do it for a while, but I found it quite difficult with the timings.

“This year, I felt like it was something I had to do, and something I wanted to do too.

“I’ve spoken to the ECB and Yorkshire about it and they’ve been very understanding and supportive, like, ‘yeah, you do what you gotta do and come back when you can’.

“Me and my wife are going there and I will be there for a few weeks.

Highlights from day one of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley.

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Highlights from day one of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley.

Highlights from day one of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley.

“It’s a huge moment: every religion has its own thing, but for Islam and for being a Muslim, it’s one of the most important.

“It’s a big thing for my faith and for myself. I knew I had to do it while I’m young, strong and healthy. It’s something I’m really committed to doing.”

England will face India in a three-game T20 series from July 7 before a three-game ODI series from July 12.

Rashid played all three games in the recent ODI series win over the Netherlands.

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