Rashid Khan bowling for Sussex in their T20 blast game against Gloucestershire at Hove © Getty Images
Rashid Khan tweaks it for Sussex in their T20 blast game against Gloucestershire at Hove © Getty Images

Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan has been called up for representing Afghanistan on their tour of Ireland. In the last three matches that Rashid has played for Sussex in the T20 Blast, he has picked up three wickets apiece in each of the games. In the 11 matches that he played for Sussex in the competition, the Afghanistan man picked up 17 wickets with a best of 3-9 against Glamorgan.

His side now stands at the fourth position in the South Group and are one step away from sealing a place in the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast. Rashid has been a mainstay of Sussex’s bowling attack and has picked up 17 wickets from 11 games he has represented them at an impressive average of 14.35 and an even better economy rate of 6.59, which is a hallmark of his bowling. He currently stands at the sixth position amongst the top wicket-takers in the competition.

“Sussex Cricket would like to thank the ACB (Afghan Cricket Board) for their flexibility in allowing Rashid to remain with the club beyond his initial seven-match agreement,” a statement on the club’s website read. “Everyone at the club would like to thank Rashid for his contributions on and off the pitch during his first spell with us,” it added.

Afghanistan are going to battle it out with Ireland in a three-match T20 series followed by an ODI series with an equal number of fixtures. Ireland have handed international cap to 20-year-old seam bowler David Delany for these limited overs fixtures.

The T20I series kicks off on August 20 in Magheramason with the rest of the games also scheduled at the same place. The ODI series is going to be played in Belfast.

Afghanistan squad for T20Is:

Asghar Stanikzai (c), Fareed Ahmad, Aftab Alam, Mirwais Ashraf, Usman Ghani, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Samiullah Shenwari, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai

Afghanistan squad for ODIs:

Asghar Stanikzai (c), Javed Ahmadi, Aftab Alam, Ihsanullah, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Sayed Shirzad, Samiullah Shenwari, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran

Ireland T20I squad: Gary Wilson (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.

Ireland ODI squad: William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson.