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We aren’t giving Rashid away, Ghani tells Indian fans

We aren’t giving Rashid away, Ghani tells Indian fans

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May 26, 2018 - 12:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has praised ace spinner Rashid Khan as an asset to the cricketing worldinfo-icon, saying they are not giving him away.

Rashid Khan, who comes from eastern Nangarhar province, once again gave a wonderful all-round performance to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad into the Indian Primer League (IPL) final on Friday night.

He smashed 34 runs off 10 balls, grabbed three wickets for 19 and took two high-pressure catches in the final over to take his team into Sunday’s final.

Cricket fans on social media showered praise on the Afghan prodigy. Some Indians even wanted an Indian citizenship for the top-ranked Twenty20 bowler.

Externalinfo-icon Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj came up with a witty response to fans: “@rashidkhan_19-I have seen all the tweets. Citizenship matters are dealt by Ministry of Home affairs.”

President Ghani tweeted: “Afghans take absolute pride in our hero, Rashid Khan. I am also thankful to our Indian friends for giving our players a platform to show their skills.

“Rashid remains an asset to the cricketing world. No, we are not giving him away,” the president wrote.

CEO Dr. Abdullah also lauded Khan’s exceptional talent. He tweeted: “We all take so much pride in him and wish him all the best for the final and many more games to come.”

Sa/mud

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