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Rashid Khan leads the way as Afghanistan players resume training amid coronavirus fears

Afghanistan’s top stars Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, resumed training along with other teammates on Sunday with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) beginning a month-long camp amid the rapidly increasing Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the country.

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According to sources close to the board, none of the players attending the camp are being tested for COVID-19. Only players who haven’t shown any symptoms of the virus, have been given the green signal to join.

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“This camp will be held under the relevant health guidelines and in close coordination with the ICC, WHO and the ministry of public health of Afghanistan to avoid the spread of COVID-19,” an ACB media release said.

On Saturday, a COVID-19 awareness meeting was set for players and other relevant officials at ACB head office to brief them about health guidelines to be followed during the camp.

The virus cases in the country are increasing at a swift rate, though, the total number of deaths stand at 350 from around 20,000 confirmed cases.

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Apart from competing at the T20 World Cup, fate of which is still shrouded in uncertainty, Afghanistan are scheduled to play a one-off Test against Australia in Perth, starting November 21.

Afghanistan squad: Asghar Afghan (capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazrathullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omerzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Shahzad, Sayed Shirzad, Darwish Rasooli, Zahir Khan Paktin, Farid Malik, Hamza Hotak and Sharafudin Ashraf.

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