Rashid Khan's eagerly expected comeback to professional cricket has been postponed once more as the all-around hero from Afghanistan pulled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is set to start on February 17.
On November 10, 2023, Rashid made his final appearance for his country in an ODI World Cup match against South Africa. Following the conclusion of the major event, he had lower back surgery in the UK, and he has not played competitive cricket since.
Rashid traveled to India with the Afghanistan squad for their three-match Twenty20 International series, but he was unable to play and was sidelined the entire time.
The 25-year-old has spent the last three seasons playing with the Lahore Qalandars, where he won the 2022 and 2023 titles. He will not, however, play for the team while he recovers.
With the idea that he would probably not be available for the upcoming edition but may still be kept for future seasons, the team signed the leg-spinner in the 'silver' salary category before to December's draft.
Now that Rashid's unavailability is confirmed, the Qalandars will be able to rope in a replacement player in the supplementary and replacement draft, which the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed will be held virtually on Monday, January 29.