Whole of Australia is Like My Family And I Didn’t Feel I Am Alone Here – Rashid Khan
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, who is currently playing for Adelaide Strikers, said that he would continue playing in the Big Bash League, despite the demise of his father recently. Meanwhile, Rashid lost his father on December 30 but turned out for the Strikers against Sydney Thunder the very next day on New Year’s Eve.
He returned with figures of 2 for 34 and later revealed that his family from Afghanistan wanted him to continue playing. Rashid Khan revealed how his father struggled to raise them and said that his father always loved to see him play.
“It was tough. I lost my Dad, the one who is very close to us and to my family,” Rashid told reporters. “He really supported us – he struggled a lot while giving up (a lot) with how he (raised) us. He was always watching my games, he didn’t understand cricket a lot but he just was always asking my family how I had done,” he added.
“In this situation, my family has really supported me… especially my mum, my brothers, my nephews. They were encouraging me a lot from back home. People were calling me again and again. They were like, ‘you have to be there, you have to play for us, you have to play for your Dad. We can see you’re sad, you’re alone there, you’re (a long way) from home’,” Rashid continues.
Australia is like my home
In addition to, Rashid Khan noted that he can travel to Afghanistan during the eight-day break. However, he insisted that he will not miss any of his games due to that. The leg-spinner also thanked the Australian public and his Strikers teammates, saying he has been touched by the condolence messages he has received over the past few days.
“I didn’t feel like I’m alone here. The whole Australia is my family, everyone is looking after me very closely and very friendly and like a family member. They give me lots of love and I didn’t feel myself to be alone here. I just keep in good energy,” he said.
In conclusion, Rashid Khan admitted that he spoke a lot with his Afghanistan teammate Mohammad Nabi, who is also playing in the Big Bash League, who had plenty of pearls of wisdom for the youngster.
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