Young Pakistani bowling sensation Shadab Khan who has been recalled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to prepare for an international series, will play a further two games for the Trinbago Knight Riders before flying back to his homeland.
The right arm leg-spinner who grabbed four wickets in his last game against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, is the leading wickettaker in the series with eight and has won two player of the match awards thus far.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has abruptly revoked No-Objection Certificates given to 13 players currently in England and the West Indies and has asked them to return home to fulfill national and domestic commitments.
The board had originally given as many as 10 players, including seven centrally contracted cricketers, permission to play the entire Caribbean Premier League – which began on August 4 and runs until September 9. Three cricketers without central contracts – Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Sami – have also been asked to return after they were selected by Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Lahore Whites for the National T20 Cup .
Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Babar Azam, Mohammad Sami and Kamran Akmal are the affected players.
Manager of the TKR, Colin Borde said Shadab’s exit will be a huge blow for his team :”Shadab’s exit will be a huge blow for us. He is
the complete cricketer in terms of what he can do with the ball, bat and in the field. I also find that for a youngster he is very knowledgeable about the game and when you put all this together, he must be a huge loss.
“He is going back to Pakistan on August 15, which means he will play out his home matches before leaving.” Borde said the selection
committee will meet to sort out a replacement soon. “I am confident that the selection committee will come up with a good enough replacement. For the moment we are taking it one game at a time and not taking into effect the overall picture. We have games before us at home and we will be looking to go out there and win as many of them as we can.”
The TKR has won three of their four matches to date, defeating St. Lucia Stars twice and Guyana Amazon Warriors. Their only loss has come at the hands of Jamaica Tallawahs.