Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner, extended his contract with Sussex Sharks for the next year’s T20 Blast on Friday (August 31). The 19-year-old is expected to play for the County until the commencement of next year’s CPL and his availability is subject to “international clearance”.
Rashid, who initially penned a deal for the first half of this season’s group phase, played 11 T20 games for Sussex, bagging 17 wickets at an average of just 14.35 and an impressive economy rate of 6.59. Rashid, who played a key role in helping the County progress to the semifinal, won’t be available for the crucial last-four game against Somerset on September 15 due to national commitments.
“I’m so happy and pleased to be back with Sussex in the 2019 T20 Blast. I had the best time this year; my teammates, the coaching staff and the management staff were amazing. “I really enjoyed my stay and can’t wait to come again and play for Sussex next year,” Rashid said. “I was really pleased to see the team qualify for the quarter finals and then to the Finals Day. I wish them the very best of luck; I hope they do well and win the title for Sussex. Come on Sharks!”
“I’m absolutely delighted. I can’t speak highly enough of the young man, his performances and how he fitted into our dressing room. He was brilliant for Sussex. I’m jumping for joy at the prospect of having Rashid back for us next year,” said Jason Gillespie, Sussex head coach.
Rashid has bagged 190 scalps at an average of just 15.24 from 125 T20s. He has also put up consistent performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, snaring 38 wickets at 21.47 from 31 games.