Pakistan vice-captain and ace all-rounder Shadab Khan has handed a big blow to the Hobart Hurricanes as the 24-year-old will miss the second half of the Big Bash League.
Australia’s premier domestic league will begin on December 13. Shadab played for Sydney Sixers from 2021-2022. He was the platinum pick by the Hurricanes in the inaugural overseas draft system.
The ace-allrounder will be present with the Hurricanes in the first half since he is not a part of the home Test series against England in December but will miss the second half due to an international commitment in a limited-over series against New Zealand in early January.
England’s Test opener Zak Crawley has been roped in as Shadab’s replacement, and it would be his first exposure to the BBL.
Speaking on his signing, Crawley said, “I am excited to be a part of the BBL for the first time. I am looking forward to a very successful summer.”
Recently, England’s Liam Livingstone also pulled out of the league due to international commitment. It has been a long-lasting issue with the BBL as they have failed to halt international proceedings during the league as IPL does.