Adelaide Strikers sign Rashid Khan for Big Bash League

Rashid Khan is the first player from Afghanistan to be signed by a BBL franchise.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan of the Guyana Amazon Warriors. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Afghanistan sensation Rashid Khan has joined Adelaide Strikers for the seventh edition of Big Bash League (BBL), the T20 league of Australia. The club itself announced on Thursday about the signing of the leggie. Rashid Khan becomes the first Afghanistan player to be signed by a franchise in Big Bash League.

Rashid Khan lit up the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by picking the first ever hat-trick in the history of the tournament. He was also impressive in his first stint in Indian Premier League (IPL) this year for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He picked up 17 wickets and played all the games of the season and at one stage was the purple cap holder, the award for highest wicket taker in the tournament.

I am honoured to be part of BBL

The 18-year-old bowler was extremely happy after joining Adelaide Strikers and was excited to share the dressing room with his new teammates. “I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL. 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,” Afghan leggie said.

Jason Gillespie, the coach of the Strikers, was also delighted to procure the services of the leg-spinner. He was particularly impressed with Rashid’s energy on the field and hoped that he will continue to perform well in BBL as well. “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,” he said.

Adelaide Strikers have signed the second overseas player for the season, first being Colin Ingram of South Africa. The seventh season of BBL will commence from December 19 which will go on until February 4.