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Rashid Khan signs with Sussex for T20 Blast group stage
T20 Blast 2020

Rashid Khan signs with Sussex for T20 Blast group stage

Rashid Khan will return to Sussex Sharks next year for his third stint at the club in the T20 Blast.

Rashid will be reunited with head coach Jason Gillespie at Sussex, having also worked with the former Australian pacer at Adelaide Strikers.

The world's No. 1 T20I bowler is the second overseas signing for the club alongside Australia middle-order batsman Travis Head.

"I am really happy to be returning to Hove for next year’s Blast," Rashid said as he expressed his joy at another season with the team.

“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.”

The 21-year-old leggie has made 20 appearances in the shorter format for Sussex and boasts a tally of 24 wickets in the T20 competition.

Rashid bolsters Sussex's spin stocks and will be available for all group stage games.

The Afghanistan skipper, one of the most sought-after cricketers in franchise-based tournaments around the world, was earlier picked by Trent Rockets for the inaugural edition of The Hundred scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020.

Sussex, captained by veteran Luke Wright, were knocked out in the quarter-finals in this year's T20 Blast by Worcestershire Rapids, though Rashid was not part of the team as he was engaged in Afghanistan's one-off Test against Bangladesh.

“It’s absolutely 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 honour," Gillespie remarked.

“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 for 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 really excited and grateful that he’s made himself available again."