KABUL: Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s father passed away on Sunday (December 30).
Rashid, who is currently playing for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, shared an emotional message on his Twitter account saying he had lost the “most important” person in his life.
Today I lost the most important person in my life,father-the everlasting candle.Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
Now I know why u always asked me to be strong,bcz u knew that today I would need the strength to bear your loss.Will be always in my🤲🏼I miss u #plztalktomeOnce😢😢 pic.twitter.com/BGIHaqKVbx
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) December 30, 2018
Despite the immense loss, Rashid has decided to stay on in Australia and play for the Strikers in their league match against Sydney Thunder on Monday. A statement released by Sydney Thunder read, “Rashid Khan wants to play in tonight’s match against the Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval in honour of his late father. “Rashid’s father passed away last night and Rashid has decided that he will stay in Adelaide and play tonight. The Strikers give their condolences and full support to Rashid and his family during this difficult time. The family have asked that their privacy is respected.” Rashid got overwhelming support from the cricket fraternity after the news of the demise of his father, with the likes of Jason Gillespie, Kevin Pietersen and Irfan Pathan tweeting in solidarity.
Here for you Rashy. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
— Jason Gillespie 🌱🌈 (@dizzy259) December 30, 2018