Rashid Khan signs with Ade­laide Strik­ers

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his im­pres­sive form in T20s this year, Afghani stan’s Rashid Khan has signed with the Ade­laide Strik­ers for the 2017-18 Big Bash League.

The 18- year old l egspin­ner ended his first IPL ear­lier this year as Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad’s sec­ond- high­est wicket-taker, with 17 from 14 matches. In the re­cently con­cluded Caribbean Premier League, he claimed the tour­na­ment’s first-ever hat-trick and fin­ished with the best econ­omy- rate of 5.82 for Guyana Ama­zon War­riors.

“I am very happy to have signed with the Strik­ers for the BBL,” Rashid said. “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 team-mates and back­room staff.”

Strik­ers coach Ja­son Gille­spie said: “Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket with his en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm, and great con­trol for a young guy. 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 joins for­mer South Africa bats­man Colin In­gram as the fran­chise’s two over­seas sign­ings.

Strik­ers, who had fin­ished sixth out of eight in the last sea­son, will open their cam­paign this year against Syd­ney Thun­der on De­cem­ber 22.

Ade­laide Strik­ers squad: Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jono Dean, Ben Laugh­lin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Peter Sid­dle, Billy Stan­lake, Jake Weather­ald, Colin In­gram, Rashid Khan.

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