Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has re-signed for the Adelaide Strikers for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League [BBL], as confirmed by the team itself on Thursday. The 2020-21 season of the BBL is expected to start in December, although the official schedule has not been announced yet.
Rashid Khan has played the past four seasons with the Adelaide Strikers. In 40 innings he has picked up 56 wickets at an average of 17.7 and a parsimonious economy of 6.37.
Rashid Khan, who is currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, says he is thrilled to be part of the Adelaide franchise again. He said that the strikers have been like a family to him and he is thankful to the fans who have had his back from the beginning.
“I’m so happy that I am able to play for the Strikers again in a big tenth season of the Big Bash, and I have loved this competition from the very beginning,” Rashid Khan said according to a report in India Today.
“The Strikers have been like a family to me since I joined them, and I am so thankful to the fans who have been supporting me and made me feel like Adelaide is my home”, he added.
Rashid Khan’s exciting batting will continue to entertain our loyal fans: Jason Gillespie
Head coach of the Adelaide Strikers, Jason Gillespie is excited about not only the Afghani’s bowling prowess but also his clean ball-striking ability with the bat. In the Big Bash, the right-hander has a strike rate of 161.1 in the few opportunities he has got to bat.
Rashid Khan could be used as a pinch hitter to up the run rate in the middle overs. Gillespie says they have world-class talent in Rashid Khan, and they would want to challenge for the second title.
“Rashid Khan has been such a quality player and person for the city of Adelaide and the Strikers from the moment he arrived.
“We’re thrilled his world-class bowling and exciting batting will continue to entertain our loyal fans, and we want to again be challenging for a second title when the tournament begins”, Head coach Jason Gillespie said.