Rashid Khan can expect a hero’s welcome back at Hove – despite his World Cup battering.

The Afghanistan spinner was the target of social media jokes after going for more than 100 against England.

But that won’t dampen excitement at seeing one of the cricket world’s greats back with Sussex next month.

Rashid will be cheered on by Sussex regulars and his own noisy band of Afghan fans during the Vitality Blast.

Sharks skipper Luke Wright set the tone as Rashid was mocked on Twitter for his ‘century’.

Wright replied: “Rubbish tweet. Rather than trying to be funny why not be respectful to someone that has done so much for cricket and especially associate members?”

Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie also commented on the "lack of respect" shown by an offending tweet.

Rashid went for 110 in nine overs, the most expensive analysis in World Cup history, as England rattled up 397-6 at Old Trafford.

Jofra Archer took 3-52, his fourth three-for in five games, in Afghanistan’s spirited reply of 247-8.

New signing Aaron Thomason made his Championship debut as Sussex rallied to 185-6 on a rain-affected day one at Worcestershire.