Adil Rashid Will Miss India Series Due To Hajj Pilgrimage

Adil Rashid Will Miss India Series Due To Hajj Pilgrimage: Adil Rashid will not play in England’s white-ball series against India after receiving permission from the cricket hierarchy to go to Mecca for a religious pilgrimage. The hajj, one of Islam’s five pillars, is intended to be performed by every Muslim capable of doing so at least once in their lifetime.

In the holiest city of Islam, Mecca, and neighbouring regions of western Saudi Arabia, a series of religious ceremonies are performed over five days.

Due to his cricket responsibilities, Rashid has so far found it difficult to travel, but Yorkshire, a county club, and the England and Wales Cricket Board have granted the 34-year-old leg-spinner the go-ahead to visit Saudi Arabia this weekend. He will be travelling with his wife.

He will thus miss a portion of Yorkshire’s Twenty20 Blast season and England’s next T20 and one-day international games against India at home.

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Rashid told the ESPNcricinfo website, “I’ve been wanting to do that for a little time, but I’ve found it fairly tough with the timings. “I felt I had to do it this year and that it was something I also wanted to accomplish.

“When I discussed it with the ECB and Yorkshire, they were quite sympathetic and supportive, saying things like, “Yep, you do what you have to do and then come back when you can.”

“Me and the missus are travelling, and I’ll be there for a few weeks,” he said. Every religion has its unique moment, but this is one of the largest for Islam and becoming a Muslim.

“It’s a significant event for both my religion and for myself. I knew I needed to act now while I was still young, healthy, and powerful. I genuinely promised myself that I would follow through on this.

Cricket players from other countries, like Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim, a wicketkeeper-batsman on the current limited-overs tour of the West Indies, have also missed international matches to participate in the hajj. Rashid is not the only one.

After two years, pilgrims who were not already in the kingdom were denied entry due to coronavirus restrictions, Saudi officials are getting set to welcome 850,000 Muslims from outside for the annual hajj.