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Shadab returns to TKR
Star leg-spinner Shadab Khan will be returning to the Trinbago Knight Riders after a fitness test in Pakistan later this month.
Shadab, after winning two player of the match awards left after the Patriots game and headed back to Pakistan after being recalled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Shadab and a number of Pakistani cricketers were recalled from both the CPL and the English County League. The decision to revoke the NOCs of 13 players had taken many by surprise.
The path to the players’ return was cleared after the Pakistan board chairman Najam Sethi announced that the National T20 Cup, which had compelled the PCB to revoke the players’ NOCs, had been rescheduled for November, following official confirmation of the World XI series in Lahore.
The board had initially given 10 players, including seven centrally contracted cricketers, permission to play the entire CPL. Three cricketers without central contracts —Kamran Akmal (St. Lucia Stars), Sohail Tanvir (Warriors) and Mohammad Sami (Tallawahs)- were also asked to return after they were selected by Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Lahore Whites for the National T20 Cup.
Other players coming back to the CPL will be Wahab Riaz and Shoaib Malik (Tridents), Imad Wasim (Tallawahs), Hasan Ali (Patriots) and Babar Azam (Warriors).
The same notices went out to Mohammad Amir, who was to stay with Essex until September, Sarfraz Ahmed, who was to play five games for Yorkshire in the Natwest T20 Blast, and Fakhar Zaman, who was set to join Somerset until the end of the season.
Before returning to the CPL and county cricket, the players will have to undergo fitness tests from August 22 to 24.
Team operations manager of the TKR, Colin Borde said Shadab will be back in time for the Tridents clash on September 2 in Barbados. “Shadab will finish camp at 9pm on August 24 and will then fly to Islamabad before taking route to the Caribbean. He will fly to Barbados where he will link up with the team in time for the September 2, clash against the Tridents.” Shadab would have missed the Guyana Amazon Warriors clash and the Patriots clash in St. Kitts tomorrow.
However, he has already done enough to put his team into the knockout stages of the tournament.
The TKR has won six of the seven matches, they have played so far. they will round off their preliminary play with matches against Patriots, Tridents and Tallawahs.
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