Sussex have re-signed Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan for the T20 Blast 2021.
Rashid, who has had two prior seasons with the club since joining in 2018, recently concluded his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 13th edition of the IPL, where he claimed 20 wickets at an economy rate of just 5.37. Rashid’s both previous appearances in T20 blast have seen Sussex advance to the knockout stages. He’s claimed 24 wickets in 18 innings for the club, at an impressive economy of 6.97.
Rashid was set to appear for the club in the 2020 season as well if not for his commitments in the IPL and the Caribbean Premier League before that. Now, after being retained by Trent Rockets for the Hundred, that kicks off after the group stages in T20 Blast, Rashid is due to spend a couple of months in England next summer.
James Kirtley, who was appointed as Sussex’s specialist T20 coach last week following Jason Gillespie’s departure at the end of last season, is delighted with Rashid’s resigning.
“He would be on any team’s wish list around the world, so for Sussex to have him playing next year is awesome,” Kirtley said. “We endeavour to keep the worldwide profile high of our T20 team and Rash is one of the best performing and [most] well-known players in the game.
“Add to that the fact that he is a hugely popular and respected figure in our dressing room and with everyone around the club and this is a big boost for us ahead of next year’s Blast.”
“I am really happy to be heading back to Sussex for the 2021 Blast,” Rashid was quoted as saying by the club. “Ever since my arrival on the South Coast in 2018, it has felt like a home away from home for me. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 and really hope we will be back playing in front of our loyal supporters soon.”