Adelaide Strikers sign teenage Afghan spinner to follow Ish Sodhi's bootprints in Big Bash
Adelaide Strikers have turned to a rising Twenty20 spin bowling star from Afghanistan in the wake of Black Cap Ish Sodhi's stunning cameo last season.
The Jason Gillespie-coached Strikers have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old legspinner Rashid Khan for the T20 Big Bash starting in December.
Sodhi made a big impact in just three appearances for the Strikers, with a remarkable haul of 6-11 against Sydney Thunder in January highlighting his short stint.
He snared nine wickets in all, at an average of 7.77 and economy rate of 6.08.
But with Sodhi - fresh from winning an England T20 Blast title with Nottinghamshire - unavailable for most of this summer's competition due to his New Zealand Cricket contract and the home internationals, the Strikers looked elsewhere.
Rashid was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad this year in the Indian Premier League, and starred with 17 wickets at 21.05 and an economy rate of 6.62.
It prompted his Sunrisers team-mate David Warner to describe him as "a superstar in the making".
In the just-completed Caribbean Premier League, Rashid snared 14 wickets at 19.42, and an economy rate of 5.82.
Strikers coach 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.
Rashid said: "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."