Sussex have re-signed Rashid Khan for a third stint with the club next summer.

The world’s No. 1 T20 bowler will join Sussex for the entire group stage of the 2020 Vitality Blast, subject to international clearance.

In his two previous spells with Sussex Sharks, Rashid has taken 24 wickets in 20 matches.

The leg-spinner expressed his own delight at the prospect of another summer on the South Coast.

He said: “I am really happy to be returning to Hove for next year’s Blast. Sussex is like a second home to me and I can’t wait to get back and see my teammates, the staff and all our fantastic supporters.”

Head coach Jason Gillespie said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to have Rash back for a third stint. He’s a box office player that our supporters love and to have the captain of an international team as one of our overseas players is a great honour.

“Everyone knows about his fantastic skills on the field, but he brings so much more to our club behind the scenes. He’s a wonderful ambassador for Sussex, for Afghanistan and for the game in general.

“Rash’s schedule was already busy next summer, and it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be back with us, so we’re really excited and grateful that he’s made himself available again.

“Speaking to Rash, I know that a big part of that decision is based on the fact that he’s made some great friends at Sussex and that he receives such a warm welcome from everyone at the club – from the players and support staff, to the guys in the office and our superb supporters..

“Rash loves coming to Hove and we love having him, so it all works very well.”