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Brisbane Heat snap Zahir Khan for upcoming season
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Brisbane Heat snap Zahir Khan for upcoming season

Brisbane Heat have signed Afghan left-arm wrist spinner Zahir Khan for the upcoming season of Big Bash league.

He will be accompanied by his Afghan team-mate Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Mujeeb has been retained by the franchise following an impressive run in the last season, grabbing 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.04, which was the best of the competition.

The 20-year-old Zahir is currently representing Jamaica Tallawahs in the Carribean Premier League. He played for Lancashire in the Vitality T20 Blast last year and was also snapped by Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

"This is a very exciting thing for me, especially to be joining the team where my good friend Mujeeb played last year," the slow left-arm chinaman said.

"He told me great things about Brisbane Heat, so I am looking forward to this challenge so much."

On Zahir’s signing, Heat head coach Darren Lehmann said: "I think the arrival of Afghanistan in international cricket has been one of the best things to happen to the game in recent years, and it is a real joy to see players like Mujeeb and Zahir grow in stature for their country and show their skills around the world.

"It's great that the BBL has played a role in helping with that development with the likes of Mujeeb and now Zahir, joining Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Qais Ahmad in getting starts here."