Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan has turn into certainly one of T20 cricket’s hottest commodities, taking part in in franchise leagues in India, England, Australia, Bangladesh, the UAE and the Caribbean. Having been snapped up by Durban Heat as their worldwide marquee signing for the inaugural Mzansi Super League, Rashid will now be taking part in in South Africa for the primary time.
“I am so excited to be playing in the first edition of the Mzansi Super League,” Rashid mentioned. “I have never played cricket in South Africa before and I have only heard great things. South Africans are passionate about cricket and I am looking forward to experiencing a new country and culture.”
While Rashid has by no means performed in South Africa, his Big Bash League stats in comparable situations and excellence in quite a lot of situations elsewhere counsel he’ll adapt in a short time. Rashid was Adelaide Strikers’ main wicket-taker within the final BBL, with 18 wickets and an economic system price of beneath a run a ball. “It is going to be a new environment for me but I think that my experience of playing in different conditions will enable me to adapt to the situation and conditions,” he mentioned.
Rashid’s formidable performances in worldwide cricket have seen him rise to the very prime of the ICC’s T20I bowling rankings. He has additionally loved loads of success in one-day worldwide cricket, and is at the moment ranked second in that format.
“I’ve got to No. 1 by sticking to my game plan and that is what I will always do,” Rashid mentioned. “T20 is a game that can change very quickly and not every game is going to go your way, and I will just do my best to try and win matches for my team.”
Rashid’s expertise in T20 leagues around the globe has allowed him to play alongside – and towards – among the finest gamers on the earth, and he mentioned he was additionally wanting ahead to including the likes of Hashim Amla and David Miller to the listing of high quality gamers he has shared a change room with.
“The beauty of T20 franchise cricket is the world-class players that you play with and against. To be playing with the likes of Hashim and David is great and I look forward to joining up with them and the rest of the team.”