Still solely 23, Rashid is vital to his nation’s hopes of a primary world title and a possible triumph which might ship a uncommon bout of excellent information for his house nation.
However, Rashid informed AFP that hypothesis over his non-public life within the run-up to the match, at the moment underway in Oman and the UAE, will not derail his ambitions.
He denied he ever stated: “I’ll marry when Afghanistan win a World Cup.”
“Actually, I used to be so shocked once I heard this as a result of, to be sincere, I by no means made an announcement that I’ll marry as soon as I win the World Cup,” stated Rashid, whose household lives in Nangarhar within the jap a part of Afghanistan.
“I simply stated that within the subsequent few years I’ve extra cricket and three World Cups (the 2021 and 2022 Twenty20 World Cups and the 50-over World Cup in 2023) so my focus can be on cricket reasonably than on getting married.”
Rashid, who made his Afghanistan debut when he was 17, is considered one of worldwide cricket’s most in-demand gamers.
He has already performed 51 T20 worldwide matches and greater than 280 video games within the format for franchises around the globe.
A profitable profession has seen him ply his commerce in England, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and, in fact, the IPL in India the place he has been an everyday for Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2017.
He has 95 wickets in T20 internationals with a mean of simply 12.63 and in 2020 was voted the ICC’s Cricketer of the Decade within the format.
On the low, gradual wickets of the Gulf, spin can be key.
“I feel it is going to be a spinners’ World Cup,” stated Rashid. “The wickets listed here are largely superb for spinners, so I feel that is the primary motive a lot of the groups have extra spinners of their assault.”
India have packed 4 gradual bowlers of their 15 with Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar whereas England have Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone.
Defending champions the West Indies have Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh and Roston Chase. Chris Gayle also can flip his arm over.
Pakistan can name on Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Imad Wasim as frontline spinners. Veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik also can give the ball a tweak.
New Zealand have Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle.
Australia, but to win a T20 World Cup, will look to Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar.
Rashid is not Afghanistan’s solely entrance line spinner — there’s additionally Mujeeb Ur Rahman and skipper Mohammad Nabi.
“What I seen through the Indian Premier League (the conclusion of which was additionally performed within the UAE) was that wickets had been good however there was not that a lot spin,” stated Rashid.
“But I feel the extra we play on this World Cup we’d see wickets that are a bit totally different and the extra you play on these tracks it turns into slower and slower and they are going to be helpful for spinners.”
Rashid refused to foretell any favourites for what’s the seventh version of the World Cup.
“Well it is T20 and anybody can beat anybody on the day,” stated Rashid, who stepped down from the captaincy forward of the occasion over not being consulted in squad choice.
“We have a combination of each skilled and younger gamers and most significantly it is fairly balanced with a number of all-rounders which makes the facet very balanced, particularly in T20 when you’ve got extra of that all-round possibility.”
Afghanistan are in Group 2 of the World Cup with India, Pakistan, New Zealand and two qualifiers within the Super 12 stage which begins on Saturday.