Sussex cricket star Rashid Khan welcomed more than 80 fellow Afghans to the 1st Central County Ground in Hove this week.
The group, predominantly based in Brighton and Hove, were enthusiastic in support of Khan and the Sussex Sharks in their T20 match against Gloucestershire.
Afterwards they joined Khan, the world number one T20 bowler, to meet the leg-spinner, chat and take selfies with him.
Sussex Cricket said: “A number of those in attendance play cricket for Palmers CC in Hove or in Brighton’s ‘Last Man Stands’ competition – and were quick to ask Rashid for advice on their game.”
Muala Gul, a leader in the local Afghan community, said: “Today was really brilliant and thank you very much for being so friendly and welcoming us to your club.
“Everyone appreciated the opportunity and loved seeing and meeting the legend Rashid Khan.”
Sussex Cricket’s head of community cricket Chris Coleman said: “The Sussex Cricket Foundation is all about changing lives through cricket.
“To be able to invite the local Afghan community down to meet one of their country’s heroes is an amazing opportunity to help inspire a passion for cricket and widen our reach into the community.
“Their love and enthusiasm for the game was great to see.”
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