The Afghan National Cricket Team leg-spinner Rashid Khan made a stunning debut in BBL, winning man of the match award for the Adelaide Strikers late Friday. 

“It means a lot to Afghanistan to play in such a big league,” Rashid told reporters. “And to then get player of the match – it was a dream to play in this league, so it’s a proud moment for my country, for me, for my family.” Rashid is the first Afghan to play in the BBL Twenty20 competition, and starred in the Strikers’ 53-run win over Sydney Thunder in Adelaide, late Friday.

Rashid, 19, captured two for 22 from four overs. Rashid’s canny wrist spin helped unravel the Thunder, grabbing the wickets of Ryan Gibson caught behind followed by his delivery to bowl Ben Rohrer two balls later. “That was a special wicket, a left-hander, to bowl him with a googly,” Rashid said. “I set him up for it. He was waiting for a leg-spinner.”


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