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Rashid Khan re-signs for Sussex in T20 for 2019

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Sussex have re-signed star Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for the first half of the 2019 T20 Blast group stage.

Rashid pulled out of the Caribbean Premier League allowing him to extend his stay with the Sharks this season after initially signing a deal for the first half of the group stage.

The 19-year-old, who is the world’s No.1 ranked T20 bowler, took 17 wickets at 14.35 to help Sussex to the knockout stages for the first time since 2015.

In a video message to Sussex supporters, Rashid said: “I’m so happy and pleased to be back with Sussex in the 2019 T20 Blast. I had the best time this year; my teammates, the coaching staff and the management staff were amazing.

“I really enjoyed my stay and can’t wait to come again and play for Sussex next year.

“I was really pleased to see the team qualify for the quarter finals and then to the Finals Day. I wish them the very best of luck; I hope they do well and win the title for Sussex. Come on Sharks!”

Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie said: “I’m jumping for joy at the prospect of having Rashid back for us next year.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of the young man, his performances and how he fitted into our dressing room. He was brilliant for Sussex.”

Rashid is currently due to play for the Sharks until the start of next year’s Caribbean Premier League.

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