Afghan board seeks ‘state medal’ for Rashid Khan
Afghanistan Cricket Board has requested the country’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to award Rashid Khan a state medal for being named ICC Men’s T20I player of the decade.
On Monday, Rashid was announced as the winner for the award in ICC Awards of the Decade. ACB chairman Farhan Yusefzai is so elated at Rashid and Afghanistan’s such achievement that he went on to seek a national recognition for the 22-year-old.
“ACB Chairman Mr. Farhan Yusefzai says he has requested H.E President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to award star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan with a state medal after the latter achieved a historic landmark in his career winning the ICC T20I Player of the Decade award,” an ACB release stated.
“When I was appointed as ACB Chairman, Rashid was the captain of the national team. After consultations, we decided that it would be better if Rashid is freed from the burden of captaincy and allowed to focus more on his game. Therefore, as a player, Rashid Khan enhanced his performance further and continued to shine at the global stage,” Yusefzai said.
Rashid’s performance reads 89 T20Is wickets at an average of 12.62 runs per wicket. He is the highest wicket-taker in this format in the awards period.
Since his international debut in 2015, Rashid took the world by storm with his performances for the national side as well as in the franchise leagues. He was captain of the Test team in a famous 224-run victory against Bangladesh in Chattogram in late 2019.
On the day he was awarded, Rashid hit 13-ball 29 and took 2/18 in three overs for Adelaide Strikers against Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.