Following his impressive form in T20s this year, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has signed with the Adelaide Strikers for the 2017-18 Big Bash League.
The 18-year old legspinner 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