Adelaide Strikers have secured the services of Afghanistan’s spin sensation Rashid Khan for the upcoming seventh edition of the Big Bash League.
The leg-spinner, who had become the first Afghanistan player to play in the Indian Premier League earlier this year, has now become the first player from his country to get a contract from an Australia’s domestic T20 league outfit. Expressing his delight over signing the deal, Rashid said:
“I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL. It is a huge honour to be a part of such a great tournament and even more of an honour to be the first Afghanistan player to participate on the BBL stage. I look forward to linking up with my Strikers teammates and backroom staff.”
Welcome Rashid! pic.twitter.com/4QgDWrgyJS
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) September 14, 2017
Jason Gillespie, the head coach of Adelaide Strikers, has hailed the signing of the spin star.
“Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket with his energy, enthusiasm, and great control for a young guy,” he said. “He has some great variations, can bowl stump-to-stump and can be very hard to pick.”
“We’re delighted to be able to offer him the opportunity to play for the Adelaide Strikers,” he added.
Rashid has been turning heads with his sensational performances this year. The 18-year-old earned a lucrative deal from Sunrisers Hyderabad after consistently impressing for Afghanistan and justified his four crore-price tag by picking up 17 wickets in the IPL.
Recently, he became the first-ever player to take a hat-trick in the Caribbean Premier League when he took three in three against Jamaica Tallawahs while playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors. He was the fifth highest wicket-taker in the CPL, taking 14 wickets in 12 games.
Overall, he has taken 27 wickets in as many T20I with his career-best figures being an unbelievable 5 for three and an economy-rate of less than six. Meanwhile, Rashid has become the Strikers’ second overseas recruit after Colin Ingram.
Adelaide Strikers squad:
Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jono Dean, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram (overseas), Rashid Khan (overseas).