Sussex have extended their tie with Rashid Khan for the third year running for the T20 Blast as was confirmed by a report on November 29. The leg-spinner from Afghanistan will be available for the entire group stage campaign and he is the second overseas player in the side after Travis Head.
“I am really happy to be returning to Hove for next year’s Blast. Sussex is like a second home to me and I can’t wait to get back and see my teammates, the staff and all our fantastic supporters,” Rashid said.
Rashid has played 20 T20s for Sussex and has 24 wickets at an economy of less than seven. Jason Gillespie, the coach, was understandably pleased with the signing. “It’s brilliant to have Rash back for a third stint. He’s a box office player that our supporters love and to have the captain of an international team as one of our overseas players is a great honor,” he said. “Everyone knows about his fantastic skills on the field, but he brings so much more to our club behind the scenes. He’s a wonderful ambassador for Sussex, for Afghanistan and the game in general.
“Rash’s schedule was already busy next summer, and it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be back with us, so we’re excited and grateful that he’s made himself available again. Speaking to Rash, I know that a big part of that decision is based on the fact that he’s made some great friends at Sussex and that he receives such a warm welcome from everyone at the club – from the players and support staff to the guys in the office and our superb supporters.”
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