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Squad Update: Rashid Khan

10 January 2021

Rashid Khan will play his final game of BBL|10 on Monday night at Adelaide Oval.

The Adelaide Strikers advise Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will depart for the Ireland series after Monday night’s match against the Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval.

Rashid has been recalled by the Afghanistan Cricket Board for three ODIs scheduled to begin in Abu Dhabi on 21 January, and he will therefore be unavailable for the remainder of the tournament after the Strikers-Stars fixture.

 

The 22-year-old will finish KFC BBL|10 in what will be his 50th appearance as a Striker and will face the Stars as the club’s alltime leading wicket-taker with 70, at a remarkable economy of 6.45.

 

Rashid said:

 

“Of course, I love everything about Adelaide and playing for the Strikers, it is such a beautiful place and ground and all the fans have been wonderful since I started here four years ago.

“When your national team needs you, you have to go and do your duties, but at the same time I will miss playing with my blue brothers.

 

“I wish my team-mates well for the rest of the tournament and hopefully we will make finals and go further than that.”

 

Rashid has been a fan favourite since his arrival in BBL|07, not only with his physics-defying leg-spin bowling, but also his theatrics with the bat and charismatic persona.

 

Head Coach Jason Gillespie said the team will rally despite Rashid’s impending absence.

 

“You’re always going to feel it when a player like Rashid is missing from your team, but I have full confidence in this group and we’ve seen Liam O’Connor step-up when we needed him in the BBL|07 Final,” Gillespie said.

 

“We wish Rashid well and hope to see him again in BBL|11 and beyond.”