Pakistan's star all-rounder Shadab Khan has signed with the Sydney Sixers for the current eleventh edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). The Islamabad United captain will get plenty of match practice ahead of the upcoming PSL 7 and will also get a taste of the conditions that will be offered in Australia ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup in the country.
Highly rated Pakistani weirdo Shadab Khan has joined the Sydney Sixers for the remainder of BBL | 11 as the side seek to fill in the gaps left by injuries to key players. The men in magenta lost Tom Curran and Ben Manenti to end-of-season injuries, while Chris Jordan's five-game contract expired after beating the Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday.
Even the experienced weirdo Steve O’Keefe can withstand a calf injury for a short time. After the Sixers had already picked up the young weirdo Todd Murphy last week, the Sixers made on 24.
Pakistan was one of the tournament heavyweights at the T20 World Cup earlier this year, and Khan played all six of the team's games. He was Pakistan's most damaging bowler in the semi-finals against Australia, sacking Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell with an impressive 4:26 win.
In total, he took over 73 wickets from his 64 T20I appearances for Pakistan and previously represented the Brisbane Heat in BBL | 07. Khan is completing three days of hotel quarantine in Sydney and, until a negative Covid-19 test result before his release on Boxing Day, could compete on that day for the Sixers in the Sydney Smash against the Sydney Thunder.
Once released from hotel quarantine, Khan will not be able to meet high-five teammates or gather indoors with them until he completes a four-day integration period, after which he will enter the Sixers Bubble. Sixers coach Greg Shipperd said he looks forward to working with Khan.
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“All three young men are still learning their trade, but have proven on various levels that they can be world class. "We applaud Shadab's abilities in all three facets of the game and can't wait for him to get a chance in the upcoming games."
Shipperd said his troops were prepared for an intense competition at the Sydney Smash on the Thunder's home deck, the Sydney Showground Stadium.
"These inter-city rivalries are certainly fierce between the Thunder and the Sixers," he said. "Nothing will change. They are always a difficult team on their home pitch because they understand the nuances of the floor shape particularly well. We have to be at the top to compete with them, as usual."