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Rashid Khan to play for Sussex in T20 Blast

Afghanistan international Rashid Khan has signed a deal to play for Sussex for the first half of this season’s T20 Blast tournament.

Rashid will link up with coach Jason Gillespie, who was also the leg-spinner’s mentor for the Adelaide Strikers in the recent Big Bash League (BBL), which the Strikers won.

Still only 19-years old Rashid has become a sought-after signature in domestic T20 tournament around the world, with him fetching a bid of US1.4m from the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the recent IPL auction.

He finished top of the wicket-takers in the BBL, capturing 18 scalps in 11 games at a fantastic economy rate of 5.65.

Gillespie said Rashid signing for Sussex: “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.”

Sussex’s director of cricket, Keith Greenfield, said: “Rashid is the most sought-after spin talent in the world.

“He has made a significant impact in all the teams he has played for to date, so to make this move happen is fantastic.”