Adil Rashid is set to miss England’s clean-ball series against India after receiving permission from cricket chiefs to make a holy pilgrimage to Mecca. One of the five pillars of Islam, the hajj is meant to be undertaken by all Muslims who are able and have the means to do so at least once in their lifetime.
It consists of a series of religious rites that take place over five days in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, and surrounding areas of western Saudi Arabia.
So far Rashid has struggled to make the trip due to his cricket commitments but the 34-year-old, who will travel with his wife, has been given the green light to travel to Saudi Arabia this weekend . by the Yorkshire County Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board.
As a result, he will miss part of Yorkshire’s domestic Twenty20 Blast campaign as well as England’s upcoming T20 and one-day internationals at home against India.
“I wanted to do it for a little while, but I found it quite difficult with the timings,” Rashid told The US Express News. “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 encouraging, like, ‘Yeah, you do what you have to do and come back when you can’.
He added: “Me and my wife are leaving and I will be there for a few weeks. It’s a huge moment: every religion has its own thing, but for Islam and as a Muslim, it’s the one of the largest. .
“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.”
Rashid is not the only cricketer to miss international matches to take part in the hajj, with Bangladesh goalkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim having skipped the ongoing limited tour of the West Indies to make the pilgrimage.
Saudi authorities are preparing to welcome 850,000 Muslims from abroad for the annual hajj after two years in which pilgrims not already in the kingdom were banned due to coronavirus restrictions.
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