Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan joins Sydney Sixers in BBL

by IANS |

Sydney, Dec 25 (IANS) Pakistani leg-spinner Shadab Khan has joined two-time defending champions Sydney Sixers for the remainder of the Big Bash League- 11 season.

Shadab has joined the Sixers as an overseas player and comes following a season-ending neck stress fracture for 24-year-old Australian off-spinner Ben Manenti and short-term calf strain to veteran spinner Steve O'Keefe.

The 23-year-old Shadab made his debut for Pakistan in all three formats while still a teenager and now has 64 T20I matches under his belt, having taken 73 wickets at an economy rate of 7.11. He also averages 18.33 with the bat at a strike rate of 136.81.

At the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, Shadab played in all six matches for Pakistan, taking nine wickets, including a haul of 4/26 and the scalps of Dave Warner, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in their five-wicket loss to Australia.

Shadab played three matches for the Brisbane Heat in the middle of BBL-7, snaring two wickets in each of his outings.

Sixers head coach Greg Shipperd said he was excited at the prospect of working with Shadab. "Shadab joins us as cover for the bowlers we have lost and comes together with two other young and exciting spinners in Lloyd Pope and Todd Murphy (both Australian)," Shipperd said.

"All three young men are still learning their craft but have shown at various levels that they can be world class. We welcome Shadab's skills in all three facets of the game and can't wait to see him get an opportunity in coming matches."

The Sixers next play the Sydney Thunder in the Sydney Smash on Boxing Day at Sydney Showground Stadium, followed by the Brisbane Heat at the SCG on December 29. They then head on a five-match road trip that includes two big fixtures at their second home, Coffs Harbour on January 1 and 9.

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