Brisbane Heat replace Shadab Khan with Yasir Shah for the remainder of the season
Heat have managed to replace a Pakistani leggie with another player of the same trade from the land.
Published - Dec 30, 2017 3:32 pm | Updated - Dec 30, 2017 3:32 pm
The Big Bash League (BBL) has been a hit in Australia since its inception. Even though the Australian team is playing England in the Ashes, Big Bash still manages to attract huge crowds to the stadium. The league returns on the New Year’s Eve, when Brisbane Heat take on Adelaide Strikers.
Heat have played three games until now, they have won two and lost a game. They will face the Strikers on 31st December. Adelaide Strikers are unbeaten after two games. However, Brisbane Heat have bolstered their squad with two replacements.
Yasir Shah replaces Shadab
Shadab Khan’s contract with the team was only for the first three games. He played all the games and was super impressive. The leg-spinner notched up six of the very important wickets as he managed to leave a mark. He was economical as well. His economy at the end of his contract was 7.03 which is very good for a spinner.
The teenager, however, will now join Pakistani team in New Zealand. The Men in Green are to play New Zealand in a One-Day International series. That said, the teenager has been replaced by a much-seasoned player. Yasir Shah will take his place in the Brisbane Heat setup as 31-year-old is ready to take on the challenge.
Yasir has a superb record in Test cricket but his T20 record doesn’t reflect the kind of impact he can impose. He has picked up 165 Test wickets in 28 Tests but his recent form is a cause of worry. His recent visit to Australia only accounted for eight wickets at an average of 84. This might see him being sidelined at least in the initial part unless the team is in dire need for another spinner.
It seems likely that Jason Flores would get a chance. He is an off-spinner who can provide muscle at the bottom of the batting lineup.