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Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan has joined the Brisbane Heat for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Shadab has impressed with the Trinbago Knight Riders in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL), where he has taken 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 14.60.
The 18-year-old is currently playing alongside Brendon McCullum and will once again be the former New Zealand captain’s teammate in the BBL.
“It is a very professional League with many great players, so it will be a good test for me when I get there,” he said. “I am enjoying playing in the same team as Brendon with the Knight Riders and look forward to meeting my other teammates with the Brisbane Heat and practicing with the coach Daniel Vettori very soon.”
Vettori added: “He is one of the most dynamic young spinners in the game and will fit nicely into the style of play that we want to employ this summer. I know Brendon has been highly impressed with him as a team-mate in the CPL and we’re looking forward to working with him when he arrives.”
Shadab will replace West Indies spinner Samuel Badree, who claimed 14 wickets in 13 matches for the Heat between 2015 and 2017.
“We wish him all the best and thank him for being an important part of things with the Heat over the years,” Vettori said.
The Mianwali native is the Heat’s 12th signing, which means that they still have six vacant spots on their roster.
While the Heat have brought in Shadab, they will no doubt miss the services of batsman Chris Lynn, who is likely to miss the entire competition after undergoing shoulder surgery.
In the 2016/17 BBL, the Heat finished second on the points table and made it to the semi-finals of the tournament. However, they failed to book their spot in the final as they lost to the Sydney Sixers in a thrilling Super Over.
The Heat will begin their 2017/18 BBL campaign against the Melbourne Stars on December 20.
Brisbane Heat squad: Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Shadab Khan, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, James Peirson, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson