Rashid Khan can’t wait to get back out at “beautiful” Hove.

The Afghanistan star helped Sussex Sharks thrill fans with a Vitality Blast win over Surrey last week.

He is the squad to face Essex tonight (7pm) and Hampshire on Sunday (6.30pm).

The world’s No.1 short format spinner has missed his adopted home in English cricket.

He was surrounded by adoring fans after the 17-run win over Surrey – and spent a long time obliging requests for selfies and autographs.

Rashid told The Argus: “It was nice to be back here after a long time. I missed last year and the year before.

“It’s nice to be back here at this beautiful ground in front of the crowd.

“The support was amazing and it was a much-needed win for us.”

The globetrotting can be tough, he conceded, and he is looking to cope with it better.

He said: “It is pretty hard, to be honest. Flying from Zimbabwe to Dubai and then from Dubai to here and then straight away a couple of days with long drives – to Essex and to Wales.

“I think as a professional player you have to adjust yourself.

“I work hard on my fitness and that is something I have on my mind for the future.

“You travel a lot and you don’t have those days to take off and next day you have to give 100% for your team.

“A player needs to be very strong and mentally fit as well.”

Khan said he is enjoying the different weather in England after time in hotter climes.

He said: “I have been playing everywhere in the last five, six years and I think my body got used to it, playing in every condition.”

Mohammad Rizwan departs for international action after tonight's game.

Sussex squad v Essex and Hampshire: Alsop, Beer, Bopara (c), Carter, Crocombe, Finn, Garton, Haines, Ibrahim, Khan, Mills, Orr, Philippe, Rawlins, Rizwan, Ward