England’s leg-spinner Adil Rashid will miss his team’s limited-overs series against India as he will go on the Hajj pilgrimage.
Adil Rashid to perform Hajj, skip England-India limited-overs series (Reuters Photo)
- Adil Rashid will miss England’s limited-overs series against India from July 7 to 17
- ECB and Yorkshire have granted Adil Rashid leave to travel to Mecca for Hajj pilgrimage
- Rashid is expected to return by mid-July ahead of limited-overs series against South Africa
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, a practicing Muslim, will miss his nation’s white-ball series against India to go on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Rashid will also miss a few games for Yorkshire in the latter stages of the ongoing T20 Blast.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Yorkshire have granted Rashid leave to travel to Mecca for the pilgrimage. He is expected to return by mid-July ahead of the limited-overs series against South Africa.
“I’ve been wanting to do it for a little while but I’ve found it pretty difficult with the timings,” Rashid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “This year, I felt as though it was something that I had to do, and something I wanted to do as well.
“I spoke to the ECB and to Yorkshire about it and they were very understanding and encouraging, like: ‘yep, you do what you’ve got to do and then come back when you can’. Me and the missus are going and I’ll be there for a couple of weeks.
“It’s a massive moment: each faith has got their own different thing but for Islam and being a Muslim, this is one of the biggest ones. It’s a big thing for my faith and for myself. I knew that I needed to do it while I’m young and strong and healthy. This is something that I really committed to myself that I would do.”
Rashid expects to miss all six limited-overs against India from July 7 to 17 but said the fixture list was not a major consideration in his decision. “It wasn’t like, right, I’m playing against India – I’d better not go,” he said. “That didn’t really cross my mind. It was purely: right, I’m going – the decision was irrelevant cricket, in that sense.
“All I had to do was speak to Yorkshire and England and get their go-ahead. That was very easy and they were very understanding. To have that backing from your county and from your country, it feels like a big boost.”