Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Playing in Australia is a dream come true, says Shadab

Shadab Khan

BRISBANE: Pakistan’s dynamic teen leg-spinner Shadab Khan is excited to play in Australia, a dream that he says would become a reality with his debut in the Big Bash League.

“In the press conference, I said that playing in Australia was a dream for me and it has now become a reality. I am really excited about learning new things here in tough conditions with @HeatBBL,” the Pakistani prodigy said in a tweet on Monday.

The 19-year-old was recruited by Brisbane Heat in August this year, which signed him on in place of West Indian wrist spinner Samuel Badree for the 2017-18 campaign.

The BBL season is set to start in Australia on December 19.

It appears that Shadab is not the only one excited about his entry into the league.

Australian newspaper said the wrist spinner was “tipped to throw the Big Bash League into a spin” as he makes his Brisbane Heat debut in Wednesday’s tournament opener against the Melbourne Stars at the Gabba.

“I’m very excited about Shadab,” Heat skipper Brendon McCullum told Australian newspaper.

“I played with him (in the Caribbean Premier League) and followed his career around the globe. He’s only a young man but he’s already made a big impact on world cricket. He is a multi-skilled cricketer. He is dynamic in the field and has been brilliant with the bat in hand.

“I’m sure the Brisbane public will warm to him.”

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