Ace Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has reached an agreement with the Brisbane Heat to be an international replacement player for the upcoming Big Bash tournament starting next month.
Shah, who is the second quickest bowler to take 150 Test wickets, will replace either of their two international signings - Brendon McCullum or Shadab Khan - during the BBL2017.
Since Shadab has become a regular feature in the Pakistan side, having Shah on board brings certainty in Heat’s plans for the Australian franchise-based T20 league.
While speaking to brisbaneheat.com.au on the signing of the 31-year-old, Heat head coach Daniel Vettori 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.”
Shah has taken 165 Test wickets at 29.44 in just 28 Tests, while in T20 he has 60 career wickets at an economy rate of 6.71.