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Strikers import says other teams should be scared of Rashid Khan


Adelaide Strikers import Phil Salt says other BBL teams should be scared of Rashid Khan after facing the spinner in the nets.

21-year-old Khan has returned for his third Big Bash season with the Strikers. Salt is pleased that he only needs to take on the Afghani in training and not on the pitch.

“I’ve faced his new wrong-un in the nets. It’s just as hard if not harder to face than the rest of his bowling,” he said on SEN SA Breakfast.

“Good luck to everyone facing him.

“Rasheed is a character, I played with him at Sussex, the guy is hilarious.”

Englishman Salt signed with Adelaide in September and told Kane Cornes and the Andrew Hayes on that South Australian Travis Head gave him a heads up during a match the Strikers were interested.

“I think I played a game against Australia A and Heady (Travis Head) came up to me and said, ‘we’re having a look at you, we’re interested,’” said Salt.

“I got a few runs over in England, had a pretty good T20 comp. They got in touch with my agent and from there I just said yeah, let’s get the ball rolling and make it happen.

“I’m really excited to play for the Strikers, it’s a great franchise with a lot of success.”

Salt’s short career has taken him to Pakistan and the Caribbean for T20 tournaments, but he can’t wait to walk out onto the Adelaide Oval.

“I’ve been lucky enough in the last couple of years to go around the world. I went to the PSL in Pakistan and the CPL, won that with Barbados,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting out on Adelaide Oval for real.”

The 21-year-old has only been with the squad for a few weeks but said he already felt at home.

“All the boys are pretty good. Liam O’Connor is probably the one that stands out as a bit of a character,” he said.

“I fit straight into the group almost, I feel like I’ve been here for a long time now which is a really nice thing to have coming into a foreign environment.”

The Strikers travel to Canberra to take on Sydney Thunder on Saturday. Big Bash Nation broadcasts all BBL matches on SEN and SEN SA.

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