Khan reveals he has spent 25 days at home in five years ahead of The Hundred

Rashid Khan is one of the most in-demand cricketers in the world, with the 22-year-old a regular on the T20 franchise circuit.

The legspinner is an outstanding T20 bowler, having taken a total of 371 wickets at an average of 17.38 in the format and 95 wickets at 12.63 in T20 internationals.

Khan was named the men’s T20I player of the decade by the ICC last year his impressive record saw him become the first-ever player to be drafted for The Hundred, being picked up by the Trent Rockets.

After the tournament was pushed back a year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many overseas stars have pulled out.

Rashid Khan is one the most sought-after cricketers in the world, jetting all over the globe to feature in different T20 leagues
Rashid Khan is one the most sought-after cricketers in the world, jetting all over the globe to feature in different T20 leagues
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However, Khan will be playing as one of the marquee stars and Trent Rockets will be the fourth team he has played for in the last three months.

During that time, Khan has played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, the Lahore Qalandars in the PSL and Sussex in the T20 Blast.

As a result of his exploits all over the world, Khan barely gets the chance to go home to his native Afghanistan, with their cricket team regularly playing home games in other countries because of the ongoing security situation.

Khan is preparing to play in The Hundred for Trent Rockets, having recently featured in the T20 Blast for Sussex
Khan is preparing to play in The Hundred for Trent Rockets, having recently featured in the T20 Blast for Sussex
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At the start of the pandemic when the world came to a standstill, Khan was able to make a rare trip back home.

Speaking to the Guardian, Khan revealed: “In the last five years I’ve spent about 25 days at home.

“I didn’t have that opportunity to celebrate my achievement with the family because I was just so busy. I forgot my achievements and that hurts sometimes.

“I don’t get enough time to be with the family but at the same time it is the start of my career so I have to struggle.

Khan is also a regular in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Khan is also a regular in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad
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“As a player it makes you super sad. It hurts a lot, but at the same time we are just trying our best to do something special in the field to make [the people at home] happy.

“Wherever I go I see international players playing at home in front of their crowds, getting the support, getting all the love; we so much want the same in our country.

“Our people, they love cricket, they love sport and the moment we have a series back home it will be massive. There will be no single spot to sit.”

Afghanistan have experienced a remarkable rise in the world of cricket, making their debut at a major tournament in the 2015 World Cup and earning Test Match status in 2019.

Khan is currently Afghanistan's T20I captain
Khan is currently Afghanistan’s T20I captain
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“When people saw what Afghanistan achieved, youngsters’ dreams started,” Khan added.

“Cricket is everywhere, everyone loves cricket, every street you go you’ll see cricket, that is something that satisfies a lot.

“I feel I have done something good for the country, that helps to change the mindset of the young generation.

“I hope once that young generation’s mindset has changed then definitely the country will start to make progress and, Inshallah, Inshallah, peace will happen.

Khan was the first-ever draft pick in The Hundred
Khan was the first-ever draft pick in The Hundred
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“It is a hope of everyone back home to have peace, to be able to go around the country with freedom.

“We have some beautiful places in Afghanistan to visit and it is my ambition to go to those areas, the mountains, the greenery.”

For now, though, he is focused on The Hundred and he is looking forward to the 100-ball format.

“I’m super excited about the new competition,” he said. “There are some rules which are quite interesting.

He will play alongside England test captain Joe Root at the Trent Rockets
He will play alongside England test captain Joe Root at the Trent Rockets
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“Our bodies are used to T20, the same format, same mentality, same gameplan, but this is totally different.

“Bowling 10 balls at one end gives you an opportunity to get 10 wickets in one over, but the batsman is also getting more time to take on the bowler.

“I’m a spinner so I will be OK with that, but it will be a bit different for someone who is bowling 140kph and having a long run-up.

“Perhaps I will love it and will have four more balls to confuse the batsman.”

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