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Heat signs up young Pakistan spin sensation

Pakistan's Shadab Khan (right) and Sarfraz Ahmed celebrate the wicket of India's Kedar Jadhav during the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval in June.
Pakistan's Shadab Khan (right) and Sarfraz Ahmed celebrate the wicket of India's Kedar Jadhav during the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval in June. Charlie Crowhurst

THE Brisbane Heat has signed 18-year-old Pakistan prodigy Shadab Khan for the 2017-18 KFC Big Bash League.

The big-turning leg-spinner will join Heat captain Brendon McCullum as Brisbane's international recruits for BBL07.

Khan, who turns 19 in October, has been a revelation since making his international debut for Pakistan last year, producing starring T20 turns in the Pakistan Super League and the Caribbean Premier League, where he is playing alongside McCullum.

He earned player-of-the- match honours in his first two T20 internationals for Pakistan, both against the West Indies, claiming 3-7 and 4-14. His figures of 4-0-7-3 in his first match are the most economical in the history of T20I cricket by a debutant.

Heat coach Dan Vettori said he was delighted to secure the signature of Khan.

"He is one of the most dynamic young spinners in the game and will fit nicely into the style of play that we want to employ this summer,” he said.

"I know Brendon has been highly impressed with him as a teammate in the CPL and we're looking forward to working with him when he arrives. As well as his ability with the ball, he's got some good skills with the bat and is handy in the field.”

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