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BRISBANE HEAT ADD PAKISTAN STAR TO BBL RANKS

Daniel Vettori adds Yasir Shah as replacement player ahead of this season's tournament

Brisbane Heat have agreed a deal to sign Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah as a replacement player for this season's Big Bash.

The Pakistani, who has taken 60 T20 wickets with an economy rate of 6.71 alongside 165 Test wickets at 29.44, will be available to the Heat in the absence of either Brendon McCullum or Shadab Khan during the BBL, which is due to get under way on December 9.

Head coach Daniel Vettori is excited by the signing.

He said: "Having Yasir agree to join us as a replacement player means that we can plan for the series with some certainty.

“Shadab Khan 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’s a very accomplished player in Test, One Day and T20 formats, and having him around will also benefit the slow bowlers in our squad, especially someone like Mitch Swepson who is a young bowler rapidly gaining more experience transitioning between white and red ball cricket.”

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