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Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan will feature in the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) after he signed with the Adelaide Strikers.
The 18-year-old’s stock has risen in meteoric fashion as he has put up a number of strong performances in domestic Twenty20 competitions all over the world.
Rashid featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the first time in his career this year and didn’t disappoint as he took 17 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 21.05 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He then played in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL), where he represented the Guyana Amazon Warriors and claimed 14 wickets in 12 games at an average of 19.42.
During his CPL campaign, Rashid took a hat-trick against the Jamaica Tallawahs, dismissing Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo and Rovman Powell in successive deliveries.
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 7, 2017
“I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL,” Rashid was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “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.”
Strikers head coach Jason Gillespie was delighted to have secured the services of Rashid and added that he is confident the Nangarhar native will have a lot of success throughout the tournament.
“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.”
Rashid is the Strikers’ second overseas signing after former South Africa batsman 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 signing), Rashid Khan (overseas signing)