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Spin prodigy Rashid Khan joins the Strikers

14 September 2017

Teenage spin sensation Rashid Khan has confirmed he will play for the Adelaide Strikers in BBL|07.

The 18-year-old leg-spinner – one of the most successful bowlers in this year’s Indian Premier League – will become the first Afghan to play in the BBL. 

Rashid last week became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the Caribbean Premier League T20 series, playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors. 

"I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL,” Rashid said from Kabul, where he is now captain of Band-e-amir Dragons in his home country’s T20 competition.  

“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." 

Adelaide Strikers coach Jason Gillespie hailed the signing as a “major coup” for the team and competition. 

“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.”

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In Rashid’s first season in the IPL, playing at David Warner’s Sunrisers, he took 17 wickets at 21.05 at an economy rate of 6.62. Warner described him as “a superstar in the making”. 

He was also among the leading wicket-takers in the recently completed CPL, taking 14 wickets at 19.42.  

Rashid, who turns 19 on September 20, has claimed 63 wickets in 29 one-day internationals. This includes the fourth best figures in one-day international history - 7/18 against the West Indies in June. 

He has also taken 42 wickets in 27 T20 appearances for Afghanistan. 

Rashid joins South African batsman Colin Ingram as the Strikers’ overseas signings for BBL|07. 

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