Brisbane Heat has signed Fakhar Zaman as a replacement for injured Tom Abell with the hope of qualifying for the knockout matches of the ongoing BBL 11. Brisbane Heat is currently tied in the fifth position on the Points Table along with Melbourne Stars. The top five teams of the Points Table will qualify for the knockout stages of BBL 11.
Fakhar Zaman had an average year in T20 cricket in 2021 averaging 26.33 with a strike rate of 123.82. However, he has registered an unbeaten half-century in the World Cup semi-finals against Australia.
“Fakhar will join us in Melbourne ahead of the game against the [Melbourne] Renegades [on January 6],” Wade Seccombe, the Heat’s head coach, said. “Due to Queensland’s current border restrictions, he will need to spend 14 days outside of the state before he can play in Queensland.
“We are pleased he will be with us for what is shaping as key games. He is a classy performer who gets the job done in the teams he has played for so we are confident he can settle in quickly.”
Tom Abell was a late inclusion in Brisbane Heat’s squad for the BBL 11 as he joined the BBL after England Lions duty. He suffered a knee injury during Brisbane heat’s second match in the ongoing BBL 11.
Brisbane heat was hopeful that he would be available for the final matches of the ongoing BBL season but the franchise stated in a statement on Friday that Abell’s injury is more serious than initially indicated. He has damaged a lateral ligament & has now returned to the UK for his treatment. Tom Abell is due to play for Karachi Kings in the PSL 2022 from the end of January after being picked by Kings in the Player Draft earlier this month.
“We’re naturally disappointed to lose Tom and wish him a speedy recovery back home in England,” Seccombe said. “Like all the clubs, we certainly value the commitment the international players make to come to play in the BBL and it was a real shame to lose Tom so early in the tournament”, Seccombe signed off.