Pakistan's Shadab Khan impresses for Brisbane Heat again

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Shadab picked up 2-27 in his final BBL outing.

Pakistan youngster Shadab Khan impressed once again in his third Big Bash League (BBL) outing for the Brisbane Heat to finish his stint on a high.

The 19-year-old spin prodigy became the youngest overseas player to participate in the BBL when he signed for the Brisbane based side.

The young leg-spinner picked up 2-27 off his four overs as the Heat claimed their second win of the season after beating Sydney Thunder by six wickets at the Gabba.

He accounted for the big wickets of England’s Alex Hales and Thunder’s skipper Shane Watson. The former was deceived by a wrong one to be clean-bowled while the latter was caught by Joe Burns after attempting a lofted drive.

Shadab had been signed on for the first three matches by the Brendon McCullum led side with fellow Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah replacing him for the remainder of the season.

The teenager has chipped in with good performances in all of his three outings for the Heat picking up two wickets each in every game. He had earlier picked up the man-of-the-match in Heat’s win over Melbourne Renegades where he returned with figures of 2-17.

The Pakistan man had picked up 2-41 in a slightly expensive spell in the opening match defeat to the Melbourne Stars.

Shadab will now link up with the Pakistan squad in New Zealand for the five-match ODI series beginning on January 6.

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Pakistan recall Azhar Ali for ODI series against New Zealand

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Pakistan have recalled experienced opener Azhar Ali for their one-day international series in New Zealand next month, but left batsman Ahmed Shehzad and allrounder Imad Wasim out of the squad.

Former captain Ali’s return meant there was no place in the 15-member squad for Shehzad, who failed to impress against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Pakistan won all five ODIs against Sri Lanka, but go into the five-match New Zealand series having lost eight of their last 11 ODI series.

“We kept the conditions in New Zealand in mind and the recent performances of some players in the domestic tournament,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said after the squad announcement on Saturday.

Ali was rested for the Sri Lanka series, but is now fully fit after recovering from a knee problem, Haq added.

Fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the New Zealand ODIs because of a fracture in his right foot, and Wasim failed a fitness test after reporting discomfort in his knee.

Fast bowler Aamer Yamin replaces Junaid in the squad.

Sarfraz Ahmed continues as captain, having led Pakistan to victory in the Champions Trophy in June.

Pakistan’s first ODI against New Zealand is in Wellington on January 6. The two sides will also play three Twenty20s, for which Pakistan will make a separate squad announcement.

PAKISTAN SQUAD

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Rumman Raees.

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Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed handed one-year ban by PCB for failure to co-operate in spot-fixing case

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Jamshed has been banned for failure to co-operate with investigators.

Pakistan on Monday handed former opener Nasir Jamshed a one-year ban for failing to cooperate with investigators in a spot-fixing case that rocked the Pakistan Super League earlier this year.

Jamshed was allegedly the middle man between players and an alleged bookie. He has denied all charges.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi announced the verdict, saying the investigation into fixing charges was still under way.

“The three-member tribunal banned Jamshed for one year for non-cooperation with the investigation,” Rizvi told media.

“PCB has not levelled any fixing charges on Jamshed as yet as there is another investigation under way against him in (the) UK.”

Britain’s National Crime Agency arrested Jamshed and one unnamed person five days after the spot-fixing allegations surfaced during the second edition of the PSL in February.

Jamshed has played two Tests and 48 ODIs for Pakistan.

Jamshed has played two Tests and 48 ODIs for Pakistan.

Former Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan was banned for five years – with half of that sentence suspended – while his fellow teammate Khalid Latif was also banned for five years and fined one million rupees ($9,460) in the same case.

Khan was charged for playing two dot balls during the PSL match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi as part of a spot-deal struck by Latif.

Spot-fixing is the practice of pre-determining the outcome of a specific part of a match in return for money.

Jamshed has played two Tests, 48 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 for Pakistan.

He was last included in Pakistan’s World Cup 2015 squad as a replacement but was booed off by the crowd for being overweight and in poor form.

Another former opener Shahzaib Hasan is also under investigation in the case.

Paceman Mohammad Irfan (banned for one year) and spinner Mohammad Nawaz (banned for two months) have completed their sentences on not reporting fixing offers to the PCB.

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