Heat big guns return, Rashid set to exit BBL early, Shadab and Rauf recalled for PSL

The Brisbane Heat confirmed several big guns would return this round including Xavier Bartlett and Mark Steketee, while Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan are set for premature exits to BBL|11.

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The Brisbane Heat named their 18-man squad to play the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday, with nine players returning from COVID-19 protocols.

Those players are Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Liam Guthrie, Matt Kuhnemann, Chris Lynn, Nathan McSweeney, Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth.

The three senior squad members who had tested positive but have not been named yet are Jimmy Peirson, Cameron Gannon and James Bazley.

The players to miss out are Jack Clayton, Ronan McDonald, Steve McGiffin, Bryce Street and Jack Wood.

Heat: Bartlett, Bryant, Cooper, Dooley, Duckett, Grant, Guthrie, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Lehmann, Lynn, McSweeney, Pfeffer, Prestwidge, Steketee, Mujeeb, Wildermuth, Wood

Strikers: Siddle (c), Agar, Conway, Fawad, Gibson, Hunt, Kelly, Rashid, Nielsen, O’Connor, Scott, Short, Thornton, Weatherald, Wells, Worrall

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Rashid Khan ($149k BWL) could be set for a premature exit from BBL|11 halfway through the Strikers’ upcoming double. Rashid’s Afghanistan have three ODIs against the Netherlands on January 21-25 in Qatar and he’s set to be part of that squad if it goes ahead.

“I’m not sure about how many games I will play but probably two more games and then I go back for the national duties,” Rashid told FoxCricket prior to Monday’s game.

“That is still not confirmed because of the COVID situation at the moment in Holland, it’s locked down. If the team leave from Holland and they can reach Qatar on time then we will be able to continue but I think at the moment they’re still not sure. If that series gets cancelled, I can stay to the end (of the BBL).”

Sixers’ Pakistani recruit Shadab Khan ($128k BAT/BWL) is also set for a premature exit, with Tuesday’s game against the Melbourne Renegades understood to be his last before he heads back to his homeland for the Pakistani Super League which starts on January 28.

It has been reported by FoxCricket that Haris Rauf ($148k BWL) will play one more game before departing for the PSL, meaning he’ll miss the Stars’ second double in Round 12.

It’s unclear if there are similar implications for fellow Pakistanis Fakhar Zaman ($114k BAT), Syed Faridoun ($59k BWL), Ahmed Daniyal ($63k BWL) and Muhammad Hasnain ($167k BWL) at this stage.

Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Zahir Khan, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, Jordan Thompson, Harry Brook, Tim David, Ben Cutting and Ben Duckett all have PSL contracts.

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