Pakistan’s leading leg-spinner, Yasir Shah has been signed by the Brisbane Heat to be an international replacement player for the Big Bash League 2017, starting next month.
Shah, who recently became the 2nd quickest bowler to reach 150 Test wickets, will replace either of Brendon McCullum or Shadab Khan – during the tournament.
While speaking to the media on the signing of the 31-year-old, head coach Daniel Vettori said that, “Having Yasir agree to join us as a replacement player means that we can plan for the series with some certainty.”
“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.”
“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,” he concluded.
Yasir Shah in the shortest format of the game has taken 60 wickets at an economy rate of 6.71.