Rashid Khan

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Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has clarified that he never said he would get married only when his country is successful in winning a ICC Cricket World Cup. Rashid is currently preparing for Afghanistan's T20 World Cup campaign and the spin wizard insisted that his mind is occupied by the World Cup and not wedding bells. Rashid said that he will not let speculation over his private life divert his mind from his goals.

Notably, Rashid had said last year, "I will get engaged & married once Afghanistan win the cricket world,” in an interview with Azadi Radio. However, he has now revealed what he actually meant when he said that. Opening up on his comments last year, Rashid told AFP, “Actually, I was so shocked when I heard this because, to be honest, I never made a statement that I will marry once I win the World Cup."

“I just said that in the next few years I have more cricket and three World Cups (the 2021 and 2022 Twenty20 World Cups and the 50-over World Cup in 2023) so my focus will be on cricket rather than on getting married," Rashid clarified.

It should be spinners' World Cup: Rashid Khan

Still only 23 years old, Rashid made his Afghanistan debut when he was 17 years old. He has already played 51 T20Is and more than 280 games in the T20 format for franchises around the world. Rashid said that the ICC T20 World Cup will belong to the spinners. He opined that spinners are always “effective” on pitches at three venues in the UAE, where the Super 12s, the semi-finals and the final will be played.

“Conditions here are always good for spinners and it should be spinners’ World Cup,” Rashid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“Doesn’t matter how wickets are prepared here, it is always helpful for the spinners. Spinners will play a huge role in this World Cup. As we have seen in the IPL, spinners have brought back their team in the game. I feel that will be same in the World Cup as well. The best spinners will bring their team back in the game and win it,” he added.