Sydney - Australia Big Bash League (BBL) team Brisbane Heat have
secured the services of Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah if they need to replace one
of their overseas internationals.
The Heat have already signed Shadab Khan and Brendon
McCullum as their two overseas players for
the season but have now tied down Yasir to a contract if they need him.
The Heat anticipate that Shadab might be required for
international duty during this season's BBL which is when Yasir will step in
and replace his compatriot.
Heat coach Dan Vettori said: "Having Yasir agree to
join us as a replacement player means that we can plan for the series with some
"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
"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."
The BBL kick off on 9 December with the final scheduled for
2 February 2018.