Rashid arrived in Hove on Tuesday morning to meet his new team-mates and link up again with Jason Gillespie, the Sussex coach.
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The latest stage in the uplifting story of Afghanistan cricket will begin at Chelmsford on Wednesday night when Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s leg-spinner continues his “dream” rise in the game when he makes his debut for Sussex on the opening night of this year’s Vitality Blast, according to a Telegraph report.
The report said that Rashid arrived in Hove on Tuesday morning to meet his new team-mates and link up again with Jason Gillespie, the Sussex coach. Together the pair won the Big Bash with the Adelaide Strikers in the winter, and Gillespie was instrumental in bringing him to Sussex.
Gillespie is a hands off coach, not a tinkerer, and he will allow Rashid to express himself on the south coast knowing how dangerous he can be with his googly.
Rashid was the joint top wicket-taker in the Big Bash with 18 at 13.83 apiece and will win games for his new club, particularly if the hot, dry weather continues to bake pitches. Leg spin is a hot property in Twenty20 and English batsmen do not have a great record playing it.
“Cricket is like a dream because everything has happened to me and Afghanistan in such a quick period of time,” Rashid told Telegraph Sport. “I am quite happy with the way I have gone so far and I am trying my best to keep the consistency up. So far everything in the league and international cricket is going for me so I am just doing my best to work hard and keep it going.
“Back home in Afghanistan they watch every match and whatever the time is they will be watching us. There will be good support from Afghanistan for Sussex.”
Rashid is an IPL millionaire. His £1m deal is bettered in English cricket only by Ben Stokes.
In an interview published on Sussex website, Rashid said that: "It's a pleasure to be here. I'm pretty excited for the first match to start tomorrow, and playing for a county is always a pleasure and a big honour. I'm really excited to finally be here, and I will try my best to deliver well."
"I had a good time with Dizzy in the Big Bash," Rashid. "It's really good to be here, back with him. He's really supportive, on the field and off the field, and I think the way he kept us in the Big Bash was amazing. Hopefully there will be lots of new things I will learn from him."
In his second season at the Sunrisers in the Indian Primer League (IPL), Rashid helped his side to the final.