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From Refugee to Cricket superstar: Rashid Khan’s remarkable journey

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmatihttps://www.khaama.com
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Rashid Khan’s journey from Afghan refugee in Peshawar to cricket superstar and multi-millionaire is a testament to his talent and determination.

As a sought-after player in cricket’s franchise leagues, the 25-year-old has achieved financial success beyond what his family could have imagined during their escape from Afghanistan.

In the lucrative Indian Premier League alone, Rashid’s recent deal fetched him approximately $1.8 million, which reflects his status in the cricketing world.

Beyond wealth, Rashid also owns properties in Dubai and Sharjah, underscoring his stature as a global cricketing icon.

Captaining Afghanistan, Rashid Khan stands on the brink of T20 World Cup glory, needing just two more victories to secure the coveted title.

Rashid’s early cricket mentor, Ali Hoti, recalls recognizing his exceptional talent and predicting his rise to greatness.

Hoti describes Rashid’s bowling prowess as exceptional, crediting his dedication, focus, and natural talent for his success, which spans borders.

Raised in a large family of 11 children, Rashid Khan and his family sought refuge in Pakistan, fleeing the conflict in Afghanistan.

Before his cricketing career took off, Rashid pursued an education in computer science at Islamia College in Peshawar.

Identified during cricket trials for his exceptional skill, Rashid combined his studies with cricket, laying the foundation for his career in 2013.

Initially known more for his batting, Rashid later honed his skills in leg-spin bowling, showcasing his adaptability and strategic insight.

Rashid’s international breakthrough came under the mentorship of former Pakistani cricket stars Rashid Latif, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Kabir Khan.

Since his debut in 2015, Rashid Khan has played nearly 200 ODIs and T20s, becoming a linchpin in Afghanistan’s cricketing success.

Despite a challenging Test debut, Rashid’s leadership qualities made him the youngest Test captain at just 20 years old.

Known for his selflessness and work ethic, Rashid’s captaincy and bowling prowess have been instrumental in Afghanistan’s recent T20 World Cup achievements.

Rashid Khan’s stellar performances at the ongoing T20 World Cup have been instrumental in Afghanistan’s success, with notable bowling figures of 4-17 against New Zealand and 1-23 against Australia, showcasing his leadership on the field.

His pivotal role extended to the crucial match against Bangladesh, where Rashid’s bowling prowess, taking 4-23, coupled with a quickfire 19 not out off just 10 balls, propelled Afghanistan into the semi-finals, marking a historic achievement for the team under his dynamic captaincy.

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