Australia’s Big Bash League’s franchise Brisbane Heat has signed Pakistan’s inspiring leg-spinner Yasir Shah as an international replacement, the press released stated.
The BBL side has already taken Shadab Khan onboard as one of their international players alongside New Zealand’s former captain Brendon McCullum.
Yasir Shah will travel with his Pakistan counterpart, Shadab Khan and will be a part of the team if any of their international players become unavailable during the tournament.
“Shah, who was the second quickest bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket history, will be available in the event the Heat need to replace either of their two International signings, Brendon McCullum and Shadab Khan, during BBL|07,” read the official press release.
“The 31-year-old will travel to Brisbane to train with the Heat squad alongside his countryman and fellow leg-spinner Shadab Khan,” it added.
Heat’s coach, former New Zealand spinner, Daniel Vettori is excited to have the dynamic leggie in the ranks.
“Having Yasir agree to join us as a replacement player means that we can plan for the series with some certainty,’’ press release quoted Vettori.
The former left-arm slow bowler further stated that Shadab is an exceptional player, but he may miss the BBL due to national duty, thus Shah can be his perfect replacement in the side.
“Shadab Khan has been going from strength to strength for Pakistan since signing with us and there is the possibility he could be required for international duty during the BBL. Having an experienced ‘like for like’ player such as Yasir to call upon means we can hopefully have continuity with our playing plans,” said the former Kiwi skipper.
Vettori also mentioned that with the presence of Shah in the squad, youngsters like Mitchell Swepson will also learn from his experience.
“He’s a very accomplished player in Test, One Day and T20 formats, and having him around will also benefit the slow bowlers in our squad, especially someone like Mitch Swepson who is a young bowler rapidly gaining more experience transitioning between white and red ball cricket.”