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BBL 11: Sydney Sixers signs Shadab Khan for remaining season of the League

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BBL 11: Sydney Sixers signs Shadab Khan for remaining season of the League

BBL 11: Sydney Sixers have boosted their spin attack with the signing of Pakistan’s star spinner Shadab Khan for remainder of the season. Shadab Khan is a timely addition to sixers injury hit line-up. The franchise is reeling due to the absence of their star spinners as their leg off spinner Ben Manenti is ruled out of the tournament due to a next injury while frontline spinner Steve O’Keefe is currently on the sidelines with a calf strain.

 

Sydney Sixers pacer attack also looks in poor form with England’s Tom Curran returning back home due to his back injury while teammate Chris Jordan’s five match stint has come to an end. However the franchise could soon get a sign of relief as former Australia test pacer Jackson Bird is expected to return soon and make his BBL season debut as he recovers from an Achilles injury.

 

Known for his ability to turn the ball viciously, Shadab Khan will bolster Sydney Sixers pace attack as they aim to register a hat-trick of BBL titles by winning the BBL 11. Meanwhile Shadab Khan has earlier featured  for the Brisbane heat in the 2017-2018 edition of the league.

 

He starred at the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021 by bagging nine wickets from six games including four wickets against Champions Australia in the semi-finals. Shadab is also handy with the bat at the lower order boasting an average of 18.33 with a strike rate of 136.81 from 64 T20is & has also scored three half centuries in six tests he has played till now.

 

Shadab becomes the fifth Pakistani to feature in this BBL season, joining the trio of Haris Rauf, Syed Fereydoun and Ahmad Daniyal of Melbourne Stars & Mohammad Hasnain of Sydney Thunder’s franchise

 

Sydney Sixers Coach Greg Shipperd is excited with Shadab’s signing & said that the squad now boasted a trio of existing spinners with Lloyd Pope and Todd Murphy being a part of the line-up.

 

“All three young men are still learning their craft but have shown at various levels that they can be world class,” he said. “We welcome Shadab’s skills in all three facets of the game and can’t wait to see him get an opportunity in coming matches.”

 

Despite suffering the brunt of injuries, Sydney Sixers enjoys second spot on the BBL’s points table. Sydney Sixers will next lock their horns with Sydney Thunder on December 26 at Sydney Showgrounds.

 

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