Trinbago Knight Riders have roped in Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah as a replacement for his compatriot Shadab Khan for the remainder of the Caribbean Premier League, the franchise confirmed on Thursday (September 7).
Shadab has left the team during the tournament midway because of his commitments with the national team. The off-spinner is a part of the squad that will take on a World XI side in the three-match T20I series next week in Lahore.
However, prior to his departure, Shadab had impressed with his bowling in his debut season, picking up 12 wickets in eight matches in addition to scoring 46 runs including a match-winning knock of 30 not out against St Lucia Stars.
Meanwhile, his replacement Yasir Shah, who is not in the squad for the upcoming T20I series, does not feature prominently in the national team for the shortest format of the game. A regular starter in the Test team, Yasir has played only two T20I matches so far with both of them coming six years ago in Zimbabwe.
However, his performance in the shortest format of the game is quite impressive, as he has managed 60 wickets in 69 matches, at an impressive economy of 6.68. Knight Riders head coach Simon Katich welcomed Yasir in the team and hoped that the leggie’s experience would be vital to the team’s fortunes in the business end of the tournament.
“Winning matches in T20 cricket is so often about claiming wickets at vital times, and a leg spinner of the quality of Yasir will do just that,” Katich said. “We are at the business end of the tournament and Yasir’s experience, and skill will be vital as we look to claim our second CPL title.”
Meanwhile, Knight Riders had finished the group stage at the top of the table but were beaten in the first qualifier by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.