Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) at an event on Thursday appreciated cricket star Rashid Khan for his recent achievements, especially his selection as the Men's T20l Cricketer of the Decade by the International Cricket Council.
Afghan sports officials said the achievement by Rashid Khan is a big pride for the country and that Rashid can be a role model for other youth in Afghanistan.
“For the first time, we have the biggest champion in the world. This is a big pride for Afghanistan,” said Hafiz Wali Rahimi, head of Physical Education and National Olympic Committee.
“It is a big day in the country’s history. More attention should be paid to cricket,” said Halim, Rashid’s brother.
Rashid has made his One Day International (ODI) debut on Afghanistan's tour of Zimbabwe in October 2015. A year and a half later, while back on tour in Zimbabwe in February 2017, he fetched the highest ever bid for an Associate player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, according to the ESPN website.
His role is bowler and his bowling style legbreak googly and his batting style Right-hand bat, the website wrote, "He was snapped up by team Sunrisers Hyderabad for US$597,000.
Rashid shined quickly for the Afghanistan team. Not a big turner of the ball, he puts batsmen under constant pressure.
His biggest weapon is a very accurate googly.
Domestically, he is a productive force for the Kabul Eagles franchise. He parlayed his success from a superb first season with Sunrisers in 2017 and he joined Australia Big Bash’s Adelaide Strikers team.
In January 2018, Rashid's status as a global superstar was cemented when he became Afghanistan's first IPL millionaire after Sunrisers reclaimed him at auction for US$ 1.4 million.
Two years ago, Afghanistan's promotion to the ICC’s full membership and entry into Test cricket is an opportunity for Rashid to demonstrate his ability to be a transcendent figure across all formats.
Now Rashid is playing in the Australia league as well as playing for several other leagues.