SYDNEY: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has signed a contract with KFC Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Brisbane Heat as an international replacement player.
Yasir, who was the second quickest bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket history, will be available in the event the Heat, if there is a need to replace either of their two International signings, Brendon McCullum and Shadab Khan.
The 31-year-old will travel to Brisbane to train with the Heat squad alongside his countryman leg-spinner Shadab.
Brisbane head coach Dan Vettori said the opportunity to include Yasir in the club’s plans made good sense. “Having Yasir as a replacement player means that we can plan for the series with some certainty,’’ Cricket Australia quoted the coach.
“Shadab 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 added.
Earlier, the club roped in Pakistan’s young sensation Shadab for BBL 2017, which is scheduled to start from December 20.