Fawad steps in for Shadab

02 July 2018 06:41:32 EST

Australia international Fawad Ahmed has replaced fellow leg-spinner Shadab Khan at reigning Caribbean Premier League champions Trinbago Knight Riders.

Pakistan-raised Ahmed has been drafted in for the CPL season - that runs from August 8th to September 16th - after Shadab, who is currently involved in a triangular series between Pakistan, Australia and Zimbabwe, withdrew.

Veteran leggie Ahmed has played five times for Australia in limited-overs formats, although he has not featured for his adopted country since the tour of England in 2013.

He has represented both the Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and is currently playing for Vancouver Knights in the Canadian Premier League, taking three for 33 in the weekend win over Winnipeg.

Venky Mysore, director of TKR, said: "We were hugely disappointed to lose out on Shadab for this year's tournament but Fawad is a fantastic replacement.

"As a bowler who can turn the ball both ways we are sure he will be a fantastic addition to the TKR squad for the 2018 season."

The 36-year-old finished in eighth place - and second only to Afghanistan's Rashid Khan amongst spinners - in the Big Bash's wicket-takers' list of 2018, with 12 at a cost of just over 20 runs apiece.

He also returned a miserly economy rate of 6.12 runs per over.

Meanwhile, West Indies are 9/1 to win the 2020 World Twenty20, with South Africa 13/2 and England 5/1.

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