Pakistan leg spinner Shadab Khan has signed on for a spell in the Big Bash League with the Brisbane Heat.
Shadab will serve as a replacement for West Indies tweaker Samuel Badree who will not be taking part in this season’s edition of the T20 showpiece.
The teenaged leg-spinning sensation joins former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum as the franchise’s second overseas player.
Shadab has made a remarkable start to his international career after impressive performances in the Pakistan Super League and has already had a taste of the T20 circuit playing alongside McCullum for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.
McCullum appears to have sent word of the rising superstar to Heat coach and former teammate Daniel Vettori.
Vettori said of the signing: “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 teammate in the CPL and we’re looking forward to working with him when he arrives.”
Shadab has taken 36 wickets in T20s from 23 matches at an average of 14 and an impressive economy rate of 6.10 and his return of 3/7 on T20I debut against the West Indies stands as the most economical return by a bowler on debut in the shortest format.
Brisbane Heat squad so far: Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Shadab Khan, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, James Peirson, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson.