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Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has expressed his delight to be representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad once again in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rashid was one of the players that was bound to garner a lot of attention during the IPL auction, especially with his performances with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL), where he is the joint-highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps at an average of 13.83 and an economy rate of just 5.65.
While numerous bids were made for Rashid, the Sunrisers opted to use their Right to Match (RTM) card and purchased him for INR 9 crores.
“I’m delighted the Sunrisers have taken me again in the IPL auction,” Rashid wrote in a column for the PlayersVoice. “It’s a good team, with good people. People are talking about the $1.7 million I’ll earn and it is a bit overwhelming to think of that. I didn’t expect to be sold for that sort of money. I can’t quite believe it.
“I saw Peter Siddle said in a story that I’d be ‘shouting’ the team to dinner this week since I’d be earning all that money. Very funny, Sids! But that’s what it’s like in this team – we all get on very well. I took the team to a restaurant in Melbourne when we were there, so maybe that will make up for it – for now at least!
“I am not thinking about the money. I’m going to keep concentrating on cricket. For my family and for Afghanistan.”