Rashid Khan opens up about his regrets


You’ll hardly see any cricketer attaining the status of legend at the age of 22. However, Rashid Khan is one such player. Arguably the most sought out T20 bowler going around, the talismanic leg-spinner has been instrumental in the rise of Afghanistan cricket. Rashid just doesn’t tend to restrict the run flow but also picks up wickets at regular intervals. In fact, the leggie has shown his prowess in many prominent T20 leagues worldwide.

Although Rashid is a global star now, his road to glory hasn’t been easy by any means. The star cricketer had to make tough significant sacrifices to pursue his dreams. The biggest of them is being away from his family. With Rashid playing his trade in international cricket, IPL, BBL, CPL, and PSL, he hardly gets any free time. In fact, he has spent just 25 days at home in the last five years.

I don’t get enough time to be with the family: Rashid Khan

“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,” Rashid told Guardian.co.uk.

It’s a known fact that Rashid takes a lot of pride in representing Afghanistan. However, the youngster is yet to play an international game at home and this is another thing that he regrets. The Sunrisers Hyderabad star also opined that people will come in large numbers when Afghanistan hosts an international game.

“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,” says Rashid.

Meanwhile, Rashid must gear up to unleash his A-game with the ICC T20 World Cup being months away. The tournament will get underway in October in UAE. Although many are not backing Afghanistan to go far, Rashid would be raring to defy the odds.