Afghanistan teen sensation Rashid Khan attracts interest in County Championship
Afghanistan teenage leg spin ace Rashid Khan is being courted by two English counties.
London: Afghanistan teenage leg spin ace Rashid Khan is being courted by two English counties according to Wednesday's Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old — who earlier this month produced the fourth best bowling figures ever in ODI cricket, taking seven for 18 to destroy the West Indies batting line-up in Saint Lucia — has taken 63 wickets in 29 ODI's and 42 in 27 Twenty20 appearances for his country.
However, according to the newspaper the problem regarding Khan — who is higher than any of the English bowlers in both the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI and T20 rankings — is whether he passes strict work visa regulations.
To this end the domestic sport's governing body the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have enquired of the British Home office whether the term 'elite level' which usually covers those foreign players from Test playing countries.
Afghanistan now having been welcomed into that group — along with Ireland they were voted in by the ICC last Thursday — the ECB wishes to know whether he is now eligible or whether Afghanistan must play a Test match before he is deemed to be.
While Mithali, who retains her number one spot, is now tied in first place with Lee at 762 rating points, with Australia's Alyssa Healy in third place, India opener Smiriti Mandhana also held on to her ninth spot.
The Delhi duo of Rashid Khan and Honey Baisoya as well as Gurugram's Veer Ahlawat, the runner-up at the PGTI event last week, shot scores of five-under 67 to be tied second.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has written to the ICC seeking a Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) verdict on the fate of the cancelled match that was to be played at Old Trafford, Manchester. The ICC is yet to comment on the matter.