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Sydney Sixers sign Shadab for the remainder of BBL


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The Sydney Sixers on Friday signed Pakistani leg-spinner Shadab Khan for the remainder of the 11th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).

Shadab will be available for the remainder of the season for the injury-hit Sixers, who have lost off-spinner Ben Manenti due to a neck injury while Steve O'Keefe is currently on the sidelines with a calf strain.

Shadab is the fifth Pakistani to sign in this season's BBL and joins Melbourne Stars' trio Haris Rauf, Syed Faridoun and Ahmad Daniyal, and Sydney Thunder's Mohammad Hasnain.

Sixers head coach Greg Shipperd was thrilled to be working with Shadab Khan.

"Shadab joins us as cover for the bowlers we have lost and comes together with two other young and exciting spinners in Lloyd Pope and Todd Murphy. 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," he added.

The Pakistani vice-captain has previously played for the Brisbane Heat in the seventh edition of the league when he was only 19.  In three games, he collected six wickets at an impressive economy rate of 7.08.

He starred at the recent T20 World Cup with nine wickets from six games, including 4 for 26 against eventual champion Australia in the semi-finals.

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