According to Cricbuzz, oung Pakistani legspinner Shadab Khan has been signed by Brisbane Heat as their second overseas player for the upcoming Big Bash League season, the club confirmed on Thursday (August 31). Shadab will once again link up with former New Zealand skipper Brendan McCullum, with whom he is currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League for Trinbago Knight Riders 

Shadab's rise has been quite stellar in the international circuit, earning back-to-back Man of the Match awards in his first two Twenty20 Internationals. The 18-year-old has picked up 10 wickets in four games at a meagre economy of 4.73. He also played a vital role in Pakistan's victorious Champions Trophy campaign earlier this year in England. These performances helped him earn a CPL contract and in six matches so far, he has already been impressive picking up 10 wickets at an economy of six.

"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,'' Brisbane Heat head coach Daniel Vettori said following the signing.

"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."

Vettori also thanked West Indian spinner Samuel Badree for his services to the team over the years. Badree will not be returning to the squad this season following Shadab's recruitment. "We wish him all the best and thank him for being an important part of things with the Heat over the years,'' Vettori said.

Shadab, whose next assignment is the T20I series against the World XI at home, said he was delighted with the opportunity to test his skills in the BBL. "It is a very professional League with many great players, so it will be a good test for me when I get there,'' he said.

"I am enjoying playing in the same team as Brendon with the Knight Riders and look forward to meeting my other teammates with the Brisbane Heat and practicing with the coach Daniel Vettori very soon."