This will be the England legspinner’s first stint in the IPL
It is understood that Rashid will join the Kings on September 8 in Dubai and will be available for the entire second chunk of the tournament. The Kings will land in Dubai on August 29 and undergo the mandatory six-day hotel quarantine before starting their training.
Rashid, who had a base price of INR 1.5 crore (US$ 200,000 approx.), went unsold in the auction held earlier this year. A regular in the England’s limited-overs set-up, he has picked up 65 wickets in 62 T20Is at an average of 24.29. In the series against Pakistan in July, Rashid picked up six wickets in two T20Is at a cost of 65 runs in his eight overs.
The Kings already have legspinners M Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi and fingerspinning options in Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar and Harpreet Brar, but Rashid, apart from being much more experienced than the others, could be a smart pick in place of a quick because of the large grounds in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.