The popular Afghanistan spinner, who will likely finish as the Strikers’ leading wicket-taker for the second season in a row, was quick to re-affirm his commitment to the club when quizzed after Adelaide’s clash with the Heat on Sunday night.
“Definitely I will come back for the Strikers and play again,” Rashid said.
“I love being here. The management, coaching staff (and) players are so good.
“I’ve got lots of respect from them, especially the crowd and the way they’ve supported us all season.
“It will be a pleasure to be back here and play for the Strikers again.”
The 20-year-old has had another strong summer despite opposition players simply looking to ‘see off’ the dangerous spinner and find other avenues to score.
He’s claimed 17 wickets from 13 matches and could yet top his own club record set last season of 18 scalps – the most by any Striker in a single BBL series – in Adelaide’s season-ending clash with the Perth Scorchers on Saturday.
Rashid is undeniably amongst the best in the world on the pitch, but it’s his tremendous character off it which has endeared him to teammates, coaches, and fans alike.
He won the hearts of everyone across Australia – and indeed the world – by courageously playing on alongside his teammates despite the passing of his father early in the tournament.
With BBL finals now out of the equation, Rashid was adamant he still wanted to finish off the season in blue and honour his commitment to the club, his teammates, and the fans.
“I will stay here and then go back and play for my country,” he said.
“We need to play good cricket and take momentum into next season, not consider that we are out of the competition. We just need to give 100 per cent.
“As defending champion we are quite disappointed, but it happens. It is T20 cricket.
“It was not the tournament we wished for. We will learn from our mistakes and next year try not to repeat them.”
The Strikers compete for the Jason Gillespie Trophy on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide Oval against the Perth Scorchers from 2:30pm. Tickets to the clash are now available.