Afghanistan spin ace Rashid Khan closing in on major T20 milestone

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Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is simply unstoppable when it comes to T20 cricket. Still a teenager, Rashid has emerged as the best all-condition spinner in the format.

The 19-year-old leggie picked up four wickets in the second T20 against Ireland to not only secure a series clinching 2-0 lead, but also taken another step towards a major milestone.

Rashid now has 190 wickets from just 125 T20 matches. He needs just 10 more to reach 200 wickets and it will be a phenomenal achievement as he will most likely still be a teenager when that happens.

Only two other bowlers have such an impressive wickets to matches ratio. Pakistan spin icon Saeed Ajmal picked up 271 wickets form 195 T20 matches while Sri Lanka slinger Lasith Malinga has a staggering 348 scalps from 256 matches.

If Rashid continues at this rate, he will need to play just over 200 more matches to reach 500 wickets. Since he has a lot of cricket left in his body, it looks like a realistic target. As of now, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is the only bowler with more than 400 T20 scalps – 439.

Other bowlers who have more than 300 T20 wickets are Sunil Narine (337), Shakib Al Hasan (313) and Shahid Afridi (301).

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Final T20 between Ireland and Afghanistan abandoned

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Afghanistan players after the T20 series win. Image: Cricket Ireland/Twitter.

The final T20 International between Ireland and Afghanistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Friday.

Heavy overnight rain resulted in a waterlogged pitch and the decision was taken to call off the contest before the toss at Bready Cricket Club.

Afghanistan had already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series following victories by 16 and 81 runs in the first two matches.

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Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai changes his name to Asghar Afghan

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Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai has changed his name

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai has changed his name to Asghar Afghan in ‘honour of protecting the national identity of Afghan citizens’.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed the name change on their Twitter account on Thursday after the batsman had registered for the new Electronic National Identity Card.

Stanikzai has been an instrumental figure for the national team, scoring more than 2,000 international runs since making his debut in 2009.

The Kabul-born player has featured in one Test, 86 ODIs and 54 T20Is in a remarkable journey that saw Afghanistan qualify for the 2015 World Cup and achieve Test status.

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