Yasir's arrival thrills Katich

08 September 2017 23:08:33 GMTPlus11

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah is replacing his compatriot Shadab Khan for the final of the Caribbean Premier League on Saturday.

The Trinbago Knight Riders have plumped for Yasir for the Hero CPL showpiece match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after Shadab was asked to return to Pakistan for the Twenty20 matches against the World XI.

The trio of fixtures take place between 12th and 15th September.

Yasir has played 26 Tests, 17 one-day internationals and two T20 internationals for Pakistan, claiming 167 wickets across all formats.

On his last trip to the Caribbean, playing for Pakistan, Yasir took 25 West Indies wickets in three Tests to finish as the leading bowler in the series.

"Winning matches in T20 cricket is so often about claiming wickets at vital times, and a leg spinner of the quality of Yasir will do just that," said the Trinbago Knight Riders head coach Simon Katich.

"We are at the business end of the tournament and Yasir's experience and skill will be vital as we look to claim our second Hero CPL title."

With St Kitts possessing Chris Gayle, whose 375 runs make him third top scorer in the tournament, and Evin Lewis, one place behind his opening partner with 355, Trinbago will have their work cut out containing their opponents - Lewis has an incredible strike rate of 191.89, the highest of any batsman to make it to double figures - despite contesting Saturday's final on home turf.

Trinbago areĀ 1/1 to beat the Partiots who areĀ 8/11 to triumph.

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