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    Rashid Khan - Afghanistan leg-spinner

    18-year-old Rashid Khan has been getting quite a bit of exposure with some good performances for Afghanistan in ODI and T20I cricket leading to him getting a contract in BPL.

    And now he has made his FC debut with a bang for Afghanistan in a narrow 48-run loss to England Lions.

    England Lions 279 - Rashid Khan 26-9-48-4

    Afghanistan 273 - Rashid Khan 25* off 43 balls.

    England Lions 210 - Rashid Khan 35-11-74-8

    Afghanistan 168 - Rashid Khan 52 off 73 balls.

    That's a pretty stunning performance, notwithstanding English players' (lack of) ability against spin.

    Looks like a great future prospect for Afghanistan. Surprising to see how he wasn't picked in PSL, would've been a handful on UAE pitches.


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    Rated him as soon as I saw him, he has an odd action, but he has good variations and is also pretty good with the bat.

    He probably wasn't picked in the PSL because of teams clueless selectors.


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    Quality player. Quite capable with the bat as well.

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    Saw that scorecard this morning - he's a gun spinner. Wish we could poach him.

    In all seriousness, I hope he succeeds for Afghanistan who really ought to have won their unofficial Test vs England Lions this week.

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    Heard some great things about this lad.

    He's going to be a serious talent.



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    Pakistan should poach him.

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    Great talent but not 18, more like 22

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    Another 16 year old Youngsta Beauty like Afridi.

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    He's a fantastic leggie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anis10 View Post
    Great talent but not 18, more like 22
    He definitely doesn't look 18. I would know.


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    Doesn't look early 20s either..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    He definitely doesn't look 18. I would know.
    My friend was a classmate of his, Rashid is 21+ for sure .

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    He grew up in Pakistan, all of Afghan players have but this guy was regarded special and was actually under consideration to go to NCA for special training under professional coaches ....until they found out about his passport. :p But, in all seriousness, why can't Pakistan pull off an ECB and get these Afghan refugees to play for us? I mean, Irish and RSA and even Zim players learn all their trade in their own country's of birth but play cricket for England whereas whatever these Afghan blokes learn is in Pakistan YET they feature in the Afghan team?! Absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbdullahSalman View Post
    He grew up in Pakistan, all of Afghan players have but this guy was regarded special and was actually under consideration to go to NCA for special training under professional coaches ....until they found out about his passport. :p But, in all seriousness, why can't Pakistan pull off an ECB and get these Afghan refugees to play for us? I mean, Irish and RSA and even Zim players learn all their trade in their own country's of birth but play cricket for England whereas whatever these Afghan blokes learn is in Pakistan YET they feature in the Afghan team?! Absurd.
    A large amount of the Irish players will be part of a county setup from a relatively young age and then play all their domestic cricket in England.

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    He is definitely 21+

    Or Costa of cricket, lol.


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    The best leg spinner since Shane Warne.

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    Any footage of him?

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    Doing well against Ireland today.

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    He will get a ton of exposure in IPL for SRH.

    If Rashid Khan impresses against the likes of Kohli, Smith, Gayle.... he will get even more lucrative contracts in the future. Its tough to be a spinner in IPL.

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    he has a bright future

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    He will get a ton of exposure in IPL for SRH.

    If Rashid Khan impresses against the likes of Kohli, Smith, Gayle.... he will get even more lucrative contracts in the future. Its tough to be a spinner in IPL.
    It's awful to be a bowler in IPL, because of the pitches they make, most of the quality bowlers struggle, even Imran Tahir, Steyn etc. and trundlers like Bravo are the highest wicket takers, who apply bowl pies and catch them in the deep strategy most of the times

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    Don't think playing in IPL will matter much to him. In a few years he will be playing against the better sides more regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    He will get a ton of exposure in IPL for SRH.

    If Rashid Khan impresses against the likes of Kohli, Smith, Gayle.... he will get even more lucrative contracts in the future. Its tough to be a spinner in IPL.
    he'll warm the benches


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saurav View Post
    he'll warm the benches
    His competition for the Spinner spot are Nabi/Bipul Sharma/Tanmay Agarwal.

    Me thinks, he will play ahead of all of them.

    Bipul and Rashid Khan will play. Nabi will get a chance if one of them gets smacked badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    His competition for the Spinner spot are Nabi/Bipul Sharma/Tanmay Agarwal.

    Me thinks, he will play ahead of all of them.

    Bipul and Rashid Khan will play. Nabi will get a chance if one of them gets smacked badly.
    Warner,Williamson,Mustafizur and Henriques/Cutting will be 4 foreigners

    Bipul and Tambe will be the spinners


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    60K @CPL. May be not bench warmer there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saurav View Post
    Warner,Williamson,Mustafizur and Henriques/Cutting will be 4 foreigners

    Bipul and Tambe will be the spinners
    Williamson did not play much last year.

    I am sure both Rashid and Nabi will be given a chance to show what they can go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saurav View Post
    Warner,Williamson,Mustafizur and Henriques/Cutting will be 4 foreigners

    Bipul and Tambe will be the spinners
    Tambe is 45 yrs old. He will warm the bench and will act like a mentor for youngsters.

    Leggies are always preferred in IPL. They have better chance of success than offies or slow leftarm orthodox ones.

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    Give him Pakistani citizenship and fast track him to the side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Give him Pakistani citizenship and fast track him to the side.
    we already have Shadab kabir and Usama Mir among other spinners, don't need him, Let Afghans have him, they should be a strong minnow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen4 View Post
    we already have Shadab kabir and Usama Mir among other spinners, don't need him, Let Afghans have him, they should be a strong minnow
    Shadab looks very promising. I like to see how good he is in 3-4 years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen4 View Post
    we already have Shadab kabir and Usama Mir among other spinners, don't need him, Let Afghans have him, they should be a strong minnow
    Usama Mir has a long way to go at the moment. Rashid is easily better than him. Shadab is about the same level, although he has better googly than Rashid.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Usama Mir has a long way to go at the moment. Rashid is easily better than him. Shadab is about the same level, although he has better googly than Rashid.
    Afghan should have him, they are better than Zimbab and Ireland, strong minnow side, good for their country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen4 View Post
    Afghan should have him, they are better than Zimbab and Ireland, strong minnow side, good for their country
    Yes a strong Afghan side will only be good for world cricket.

    It would also mean the Asia Cup would be alot more interesting since BD are no longer minnows and Afg will have the capability to beat anyone of Pak, Ind, BD or SL


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Yes a strong Afghan side will only be good for world cricket.

    It would also mean the Asia Cup would be alot more interesting since BD are no longer minnows and Afg will have the capability to beat anyone of Pak, Ind, BD or SL
    more than that I'd love to see Afghan in the World cup in sub-continent and troubling the English, Saffas and Aussies with their spin and aggressive batting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Usama Mir has a long way to go at the moment. Rashid is easily better than him. Shadab is about the same level, although he has better googly than Rashid.
    I would like to see both of them in action in CPL to see who does better. As far as I know Rashid biggest weapon is the google. He bowls it quickly and it comes ind quickly to right handers. If Shadab googly is better then that must really be something.

    Does anyone know how much Shadab works on his batting compared to bowling? His Domestic stats are not that impressive compared to Rashid International stats.

    Rashid stats are very impressive so far although he has almost only played against associates.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thelandofthebravepeople View Post
    I would like to see both of them in action in CPL to see who does better. As far as I know Rashid biggest weapon is the google. He bowls it quickly and it comes ind quickly to right handers. If Shadab googly is better then that must really be something.

    Does anyone know how much Shadab works on his batting compared to bowling? His Domestic stats are not that impressive compared to Rashid International stats.

    Rashid stats are very impressive so far although he has almost only played against associates.
    Shadab played several impressive knocks for u19 team, he is a genuine all rounder, bats well, bowls well, fields well, fitness is very good. All the ingredients to be better than Rashid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen4 View Post
    Shadab played several impressive knocks for u19 team, he is a genuine all rounder, bats well, bowls well, fields well, fitness is very good. All the ingredients to be better than Rashid.
    Yea Let's hope he fulfills the potential and don't go Akmal rout.


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    Another match winning spell today.

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    Well unless Ireland pull off something special here.

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    This guy seems as unplayable as Narine

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    He has made the afghan team more interesting to watch. He can change the course of a match by his bowling. The captain uses him well which is also great.

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    Guy is crazy man, so many wickets!


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    He has been made vice captain of the national team . I think the management see him as a future captain of Afghanistan team. Good for him.

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    Looks like another impressive leggie, haven't watched him bowl but his impact in games he plays is exceptional. Ipl should be a great platform to display his skills.

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    6/43 in 9.2 overs today vs Ireland

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    5/10 in 4 overs (so far) against West Indies in an ODI...


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    This is one special player. Not sure he is 17 though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherface58 View Post
    This is one special player. Not sure he is 17 though.
    Yeah, he's 18.


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    Great leggie. Definitely not 17 though but if he can maintain his performance who cares what his age is. However, he needs to tone down the number of googles he bowls because when he faces higher ranked teams they will pick them easily when he does bowl them. Should really master the flipper. It's the most dangerous weapon in LOI's for leg-spinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Yeah, he's 18.
    Well played.

    He does look very young but I would say he is 20 or 21. Not 18. But there are people who look younger/older than their actual age so who knows? Special performer though.


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    Great performance, but Afridi's 7/12 was even better.

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    Brilliant talent . Looks like he is improving day by day .

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    Fastest to 100 ODI wickets! Countdown -> Rashid Khan

    Needs 40 wickets in 24 matches.

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    Best LOI spinner in the world right now. Phenomenal talent. Wish he could play Test cricket.

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    Nope.. he's not gonna get there.
    Harsh luck.
    Australia, England, Pakistan are gonna smash him out of the park

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khwaja View Post
    Nope.. he's not gonna get there.
    Harsh luck.
    Australia, England, Pakistan are gonna smash him out of the park
    Afghanistan never plays these teams.

    Will get there easily. He's improving match after match

    Btw who is quickest to 200?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyoOne View Post
    Afghanistan never plays these teams.

    Will get there easily. He's improving match after match

    Btw who is quickest to 200?
    TBH.. he's such a rusty bowler and gets his wickets with chucking and other weird things... I wouldn't see him as a threat even if I was uganda.... yuk!
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    Pakistan should offer him citizenship.

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    Best spinner in the SC right now

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    We need a Rashid Khan smiley

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    What a player this young lad is.

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    Afghanistan star Rashid Khan attracts county interest but red tape holds up bids for teenage leggie

    English counties want to sign teenage Afghanistan star Rashid Khan as an overseas player but could have their bids held up by red tape.

    Leg-spinner Khan, 18, is rated higher than any England bowler in one-day and Twenty20 international cricket, sitting eighth and fourth in the respective ICC rankings.

    However, attempts to recruit him for English domestic action have been hindered by work visa difficulties.

    Under regulations tightened eight years ago, only those deemed to be competing at the elite level qualify to feature here as overseas players, with the ‘elite level’ understood to relate to those from Test-playing nations.

    Following last week’s decision to grant Afghanistan Test status, though, the ECB contacted the Home Office for clarification on whether this makes Khan available now or whether his country must first participate in a Test match.

    On an individual level, he meets the qualification criterion of 15 international appearances across all formats over the past two years, having taken 63 wickets in 29 ODIs and 42 in 27 T20s.

    Sportsmail understands two counties have made contact to sign him for the 2018 season. In February he earned £500,000 at the Indian Premier League auction by signing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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    He is the best leg spinner in the world right now and there is no doubt about it.....
    He has proved himself in all the 3 formats of the game.... In a recent first class game he mauled Ireland with his bowling...
    On the top of it he is a good batsman..... not a handy batsman or a tail-ender with some batting skills but a good batsman.... i think he is best suited to play at no.7 for afg in batting.... currently he bats at no.8


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    Extremely talented and good reader of the game. Quite a few notches ahead of Shadab at this point. Imagine the skills of this guy when Shadab is so highly rated in Pak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UN talkz View Post
    He is the best leg spinner in the world right now and there is no doubt about it.....
    He has proved himself in all the 3 formats of the game.... In a recent first class game he mauled Ireland with his bowling...
    On the top of it he is a good batsman..... not a handy batsman or a tail-ender with some batting skills but a good batsman.... i think he is best suited to play at no.7 for afg in batting.... currently he bats at no.8
    on the basis of mauling ireland??? best leggi for test is yasir and best loi is imran tahir follwed by shadab and rashid....its a tough competetion bw the two for 2nd best leggi in loi..

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    Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan today became the third youngest captain to lead a T20 side at the age of 18 years and 357 days. He led the Band-e-Amir Dragons in the Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL), a domestic T20 League organised by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

    Prior to him, Pakistan's Taimur Ali and Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal became the first and second youngest players to lead a side in a T20 match at the age of 17, and 18 years and 151 days respectively.

    Popular for his accurate googly deliveries, Rashid made his T20 debut in 2015 along with his ODI debut at the age of 17. He swiftly climbed to fame with his accurate bowling lines being lauded by everyone in the cricket fraternity.

    He has 137 wickets to his name in the 106 T20s that he has played, including the International and domestic circuit. Earlier this year, he took hi maiden five-wicket haul in the second T20I against Ireland and his 5/3 is the fourth best bowling figure in T20Is.

    In 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League, he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He also bagged his maiden hat-trick while playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

    Yesterday, in the third match of the SCL, Rashid's Band-e-Amir Dragons was up against Mis Ainak Knights. Vusi Sibanda's 59 off 53 balls helped Mis Ainak Knights put up a total of 139 for their opponents to chase.

    After his half-century, Sibanda was dismissed by Rashid. Following that, he quickly dismissed and RP Burl Sikandar Raza.

    However, his team BEAD was unsuccessful in chasing down the score by being all out for 133 in 18.5 overs. Thus, the Mis Ainak Knights won the match by 6 runs in a nail-biting encounter.

    Rashid has reached several milestones at a very young age. This is bound to increase his standing in international Cricket. His reputation will fetch him good offers from different franchises in other domestic T20 leagues like the IPL, CPL and Global T20 League.

    Rashid has grabbed everyone's attention since his debut. He knows his strength lies in devising the perfect line and length while bowling. That, in turn, enables him to deliver the deceiving googlies that approach the batsmen as nightmares.

    Moreover, handing him captaincy at this age must have exposed him to the responsibilities of a leader. He should take this opportunity to learn every detail about this role and polish his skills both as a bowler and as a captain.

    Rashid has a very promising future and if he chooses to work hard, the cricketing world will soon welcome a new bowling legend.

    https://cricket.yahoo.com/news/rashi...162705066.html

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    The Adelaide Strikers have secured the services of boom Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for this summer's KFC Big Bash League season. Rashid, 18, has been a revelation in Twenty20 cricket this year after taking 17 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League under Australian skipper David Warner and claimed a hat-trick in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League. "I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL," Rashid said from Kabul.

    "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." Strikers coach Jason Gillespie is thrilled with the addition of Rashid. "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." Rashid joins heavy-hitting South African Colin Ingram as Adelaide's two overseas signings.

    Current Strikers Squad: Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jono Dean, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram (OS), Rashid Khan (OS)

    http://www.cricket.com.au/news/adela...ket/2017-09-14

    Very big news for Rashid Khan, becomes the first Afghanistani to play in BBL, good luck to him

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    Rashid Khan making big money. From CPL, IPL, BPL to BBL. Only missing PSL on the list but don't think he would make any teams in the PSL because of the abundance in spin options that Pakistan have and considering he's not a very big/famous player

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    Congrats to him.Whether his age is true or not,he is certainly an exceptional talent.Wouldn't mind seeing him in the PSL as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    Congrats to him.Whether his age is true or not,he is certainly an exceptional talent.Wouldn't mind seeing him in the PSL as well.
    World cup qualifiers are in March. He wouldn't be available for the PSL anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    Rashid Khan making big money. From CPL, IPL, BPL to BBL. Only missing PSL on the list but don't think he would make any teams in the PSL because of the abundance in spin options that Pakistan have and considering he's not a very big/famous player
    In the next IPL, he will command even big money. Last time, he was a rookie and still managed to get paid 4 Crores. This time he will surely double his salary.

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    Happy Birthday to Rashid Khan!

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    Khan has had a very good Big Bash thus far. The guy is going to make millions playing in all of these T20 leagues for the next 10+ years.

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    Crazy to think that he is still eligible to play the Upcoming u19 WC, but well done to Afghanistan board to give new players some international exposure.


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    With the world having painted the small landlocked country of Afghanistan in a light that hardly transmitted the message of friendliness, associating the beautiful game of cricket with the nation would have been a far-fetched dream. It was termed cruel and frightening; orthodox and backward and a place where heroes rarely emerged. Yes, small steps had been taken to evoke the feeling of warmth but all in all, the land barely was seen as one from where an icon would sweep over the world with his magical performances and toil.

    Crouched in front of the television one day, a youngster in war-torn Afghanistan remained impressed. The flying locks of hair and the art of leg-spin being viewed by him left an immediate impact and over the course of the next few years, Shahid Afridi’s signature celebration found a permanent spot in Rashid Khan’s cricketing journey. Even the bowling action, starting from the quick strides towards the crease to the whirring of the arms carried with it a tinge of Afridi and soon he made a name for himself in the town of Nangarhar as a boy who carried within him big dreams. The dream of playing cricket for his country. The dream of making a livelihood in the sport. He was laughed at; even discouraged. But the yearning to be the next Afridi never left him and so he toiled harder than ever before.

    Equipped with stump-to-stump accuracy and an effective legbreak and googly, the youngster rose through the shadows and within a span of just two years has made a name for himself as an astute and miserly bowler; one who bamboozles the batsmen at a staggering economy.

    Not only was he the costliest Afghan player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he was also the first to find a team in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, he picked up the tournament’s first hat-trick and since then has gone on to find a place in the players' draft of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and also became the first player from his country to sign a contract in the renowned Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.

    Hijacking the middle overs for the Adelaide Strikers with his deliveries, the 19-year old has picked up 11 wickets in the six matches played so far at an economy rate of well under six. In his very first match against Sydney Thunder, he bagged the Man of the Match award, picking up 22/2 in his four overs. The wicket of Ben Rohrer in particular, which was an unreadable googly from over the wicket that completely flummoxed the batsman, initiated his entry Down Under.

    In the return leg of the game, he whipped up his talent once again, ending with figures of 2/21 in his quota of overs. Bowling with the extra bounce and with variations intact, the wily cricketer has been able to keep the hard-hitting batsmen at bay. Beating them around the wicket consistently with his quick-arm action, Rashid has been a delight to watch and for every aspirant, has gone on to symbolise the values of self-belief and hard work.

    Admittedly, the path towards fame was not an easy one for him. Pressurised into his family business and forced to follow the path of his other seven brothers considering the lack of facilities available in Jalalabad, the burning pot of terrorism, Rashid would quietly venture out to play tennis-ball cricket and before he even knew it, the eagerness to play the sport professionally had swept over.

    His stubbornness finally bore fruit when, aged just 17, he was called up to tour Zimbabwe in 2015. In the four ODIs played, he conceded runs at an economy of 3.65 runs per over, picking up five wickets in the process. It remained a major reason why Afghanistan won their first-ever series against a Test-playing nation in their cricketing history and there was no stopping the team since then.

    Not only is he a phenomenal bowler, he is more than a handy batsman as well, with a strike rate of 131.78 in 84 T20s that he has played and it would be no surprise to see him attracting the big bucks in the IPL auctions, scheduled later this month.

    With over 341 wickets in all formats, including List A and international matches, at a staggering average of 14.8, Rashid is cricket’s tale of a youngster who was in desperate need of an icon in his country, only to emerge as one of the greatest himself.

    http://www.firstpost.com/firstcricke...o-4300377.html


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    Rashid Khan, the world’s second highest ranked T20 bowler, will play for Sussex Sharks in this year’s T20 Blast.

    The Afghan leg-spinner will be available for the first half of the tournament, subject to international clearance and visa approval.

    After agreeing to join the Sharks, Khan said: “I am delighted to have signed for Sussex for part of the T20 Blast.

    “It has always been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and the fact I get to link up again with Dizzy [Sussex Head Coach, Jason Gillespie] is very exciting.

    “I have heard a lot of good things about Sussex and am excited to join a talented squad and I hope to help the team push for T20 silverware.”

    The 19-year-old is one of the most sought-after cricketers by teams around the world. At the recent IPL auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad paid close to a million pounds to retain Khan’s services for a second season in 2018.

    So far in his short career, he has also played for sides in the Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

    Khan was the joint leading wicket-taker in this year’s Big Bash, where he was coached at tournament winners, Adelaide Strikers by incoming Sussex Head Coach, Jason Gillespie.

    Gillespie is looking forward to working with Khan again: “We are delighted that Rash has agreed to join us at Sussex.

    “His form for Afghanistan and the T20 teams he has played for over the last couple of years has been phenomenal. I have worked closely with Rash at the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL and have been incredibly impressed with his attitude, work ethic and team-first mentality.

    “We look forward to welcoming him to the Sharks where I’m sure he will quickly become a fan favourite.”

    Khan made his international debut for Afghanistan as a 17-year-old in October 2015. Since then, he has taken 45 wickets in 28 T20Is and 70 wickets in 32 ODIs.

    Amongst bowlers who have bowled at least 500 deliveries, the 19-year-old has the lowest average (13.82) in the history of international T20 cricket. His economy rate of 5.86 runs per over is the second lowest of all time.

    Khan is currently second in the ICC’s T20I bowling rankings, a single point behind New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner, and he was named as the governing body’s Associate Cricketer of the Year for 2017.

    Sussex’s Director of Cricket, Keith Greenfield expressed his delight at Khan’s signing: “Rashid is the most sought-after spin talent in the world currently.

    “He has made a significant impact in all the teams he has played for to date, so to make this move happen and have him join the other exciting talent we already have in our T20 line up is fantastic.”

    With Khan set to join Jofra Archer at The 1st Central County Ground, the Sussex Sharks T20 Blast squad will boast two of the most thrilling and talked-about young cricketers in the world today.


    [QUOTE=Mamoon;9742871]Don't see us ascending from 7th/6th in the near future. 5-0 in England and South Africa awaits us, we will be lucky to even draw one match. [/QUOTE]


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