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Rashid Khan to play in New Year's Eve fixture despite father's death

Rashid Khan celebrates another wicket in the Big Bash Getty Images

Adelaide Strikers have announced that Rashid Khan will play in their New Year's Eve clash against Sydney Thunder in honour of his late father. The Afghanistan legspinner had announced his father's death on Sunday evening through a Twitter post where he said he had lost "the most important person in my life".

"The Adelaide Strikers advise that 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," a media release from the franchise said.

Rashid is in his second season with the Strikers, the reigning BBL champions, and has taken five wickets from three matches so far, with an economy rate of 3.41. Adelaide Strikers are currently placed sixth after three games.