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Strikers sign Afghan spinner for BBL

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The Adelaide Strikers have signed 18-year-old spinner Rashid Khan, who will be the first Afghan to play in the Big Bash League.

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”.