Strikers sign Afghan spinner for BBL

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:04 AM An 18-year-old legspinner will become the first Afghan to play in Australia's Big Bash League.

Rashid Khan has been lured by the Adelaide Strikers after being among the most-successful bowlers in this year's Indian Premier League.

"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," Rashid said on Thursday in a statement.

Strikers coach Jason Gillespie described the signing as a "major coup" for his team.

"Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket ... he has some great variations, can bowl stump-to-stump and can be very hard to pick," Gillespie said in a statement.

In Rashid's first IPL season with David Warner's Sunrisers, he took 17 wickets at 21.05 with an economy rate of 6.62, leading Warner to describe him as "a superstar in the making".

Source: AAP

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