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Adil Rashid will miss England’s white-ball series against India to go on Mecca pilgrimage

Adil Rashid will miss England’s white-ball series against India this summer to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca… with spinner leaving for Saudi Arabia over the weekend after talks with Eoin Morgan, Matthew Mott and Rob Key

  • Adil Rashid is a practicing Muslim and made the decision earlier this year
  • This year, the Hajj pilgrimage is scheduled from July 7 to July 12
  • Pilgrimages are obligatory for all Muslims who can travel and afford to do so

Adil Rashid will miss England’s cue ball games against India in July as he embarks on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

This year’s Hajj is scheduled for July 7-12 and the pilgrimage is obligatory for Muslims who are physically and financially able to travel to Mecca.

Rashid is flying to Saudi Arabia with his wife this weekend and will miss the three T20s and three ODIs against India next month. He is expected to return in time for England’s limited-overs series against South Africa, which starts on July 19.

The 34-year-old spoke to captain Eoin Morgan, coach Matthew Mott and cricket director Rob Key, who all supported his decision.

“It’s something I have to do and something I’ve always wanted to do,” Rashid . said sports post† ‘I have spoken to England and Yorkshire and they have been very helpful. They just told me to enjoy it.’

Meanwhile, Mott believes his skipper Morgan’s peaceful tour of the Netherlands will “light the fire” leading up to a testing white-ball summer.

Adil Rashid will miss India's tour of England to go on Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia

Adil Rashid will miss India’s tour of England to go on Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia

Virat Kohli and Co take on Eoin Morgan's men in three T20Is and as many ODIs in July

Virat Kohli and Co take on Eoin Morgan’s men in three T20Is and as many ODIs in July

England beat the Dutch 3-0 for a total of 985 runs to 8.47 one left, the fastest-scoring run by a team in ODI history.

But Morgan, who was short on runs when he arrived in Amsterdam, made ducks in each of the first two games and then sat out the third with a groin injury – sparking further speculation about his place for the T20 World Cup in the fall. .

“He would like more runs, most batters would,” said Mott. “He’s been a class player for over 200 games and I don’t think that’s going to change. Now that I’ve completed the third game, I’m sure it will kind of light the fire for a big summer ahead of him.”

The 34-year-old spoke to Eoin Morgan and insisted the England captain support the decision

The 34-year-old spoke to Eoin Morgan and insisted the England captain support the decision

Before the pandemic, around 25,000 British Muslims would make the journey to Mecca

Before the pandemic, around 25,000 British Muslims would make the journey to Mecca

Roman Walker has yet to play a first-class match for Leicestershire, but he took five for 24 against India on Thursday in a warm-up match ahead of next week’s rescheduled fifth Test.

The Welsh-born sailor, 21, played for the England Under-19 and his sacks have included Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.

With four of the Indian roster playing for Leicestershire to have them all practiced, the game has not achieved first-class status.

The sacked of Leicestershire's Roman Walker included India captain Rohit Sharma (above)

The sacked of Leicestershire’s Roman Walker included India captain Rohit Sharma (above)

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