Rashid Khan's journey from a refugee in Peshawar, Pakistan, to a multi-millionaire cricket icon started under dire conditions. Now, as a sought-after franchise player known for his leg-spin prowess, the 25-year-old has accumulated wealth that was once inconceivable. His latest contract in the lucrative Indian Premier League netted him around $1.8 million, and he owns properties in Dubai and Sharjah. As the captain of Afghanistan, he is now only two victories away from claiming the T20 World Cup. Ali Hoti, his cricket coach during his early years, always believed in his potential. 'Rashid possesses a gifted right hand that delivers world-class bowling,' Hoti told AFP from Peshawar. 'His dedication, focus, and talent make him a role model in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.' Rashid, one of eleven children, and his family escaped the war in Afghanistan, settling in Pakistan where he later studied computer science at Islamia College in Peshawar. Recognizing his talent, he was enrolled in computer science, and his cricket career began in 2013. Initially a better batsman, Rashid honed his leg-spin skills, achieving significant success. His international career took off when he was noticed during a series of matches in Peshawar in 2014. Since his debut in 2015, Rashid has played nearly 200 one-day internationals and T20s, and five Test matches, becoming the youngest Test captain at 20. His international career boasts 369 wickets. As a franchise player, he led the Gujarat Titans to the IPL title in 2023 and the Lahore Qalandars to consecutive Pakistan Super League titles in 2022 and 2023. Sameen Rana, the Qalandars' chief operating officer, described Rashid as humble, selfless, and dedicated to the team. In the ongoing T20 World Cup, Rashid has been instrumental, leading Afghanistan to victories over New Zealand and Australia, securing a semifinal spot for the first time in a World Cup. His leadership style is aggressive, as demonstrated in a tense match against Bangladesh where he expressed frustration with a teammate's decision on the field.