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Heat Secure Pakistan Prodigy

31 August 2017

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The Brisbane Heat have secured a T20 teen titan by swooping on 18-year-old Pakistan prodigy Shadab Khan for the 2017-18 KFC Big Bash League.

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The big-turning leg-spinner will join Heat captain Brendon McCullum as Brisbane’s international recruits for BBL|07.

Khan, who turns 19 in October, has been a revelation since making his international debut for Pakistan last year, producing starring T20 turns in the Pakistan Super League and the Caribbean Premier League.

He earned player of the match honours in his first two T20 Internationals for Pakistan against the West Indies, claiming 3-7 and 4-14. His figures of 4-0-7-3 is the most economical bowling spell in the history of T20I cricket by a debutant.

Khan, who is currently playing alongside McCullum in the Trinbago Knight Riders, opened his CPL tournament with 4-28 against Guyana and 1-20 against the Barbados Tridents.

His career T20 statistics have so far seen him claim 36 wickets with an economy of 6.10.

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Brisbane Heat coach Dan Vettori said he was delighted to secure Khan’s signature ahead of the coming BBL.

“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,’’ he said.

“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. As well as his ability with the ball, he’s got some good skills with the bat and is handy in the field.”

Vettori said Khan’s recruitment meant that the Heat would not contract West Indian wrist spinner Samuel Badree, and thanked him for his time with Brisbane.

“We wish Sammy all the best and thank him for being an important part of things with the Heat over the years,’’ he said.

Khan will play against one of his future teammates next month when international cricket returns to Pakistan with a series of T20 matches against a World XI featuring Heat allrounder Ben Cutting.

Speaking from the Caribbean, Khan said he was eagerly awaiting his chance to make his BBL debut this summer.

“It is a very professional League with many great players, so it will be a good test for me when I get there,’’ he said.

“I am enjoying playing in the same team as Brendon with the Knight Riders and look forward to meeting my other teammates with the Brisbane Heat and practicing with the coach Daniel Vettori very soon,” he said.

Khan, who hails from the same city in Pakistan, Mianwali, as legendary allrounder Imran Khan, was a member of the Pakistan team that won the Champions Trophy in England earlier this year.

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