Here’s why Shadab Khan will be using a separate dressing room during BBL

Khan will not be able to share the dressing room with his teammates, sit away from his teammates' bench and not be part of any on-field celebrations.

Shadab Khan in BBL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 29: Shadab Khan of the Sixers looks on during the Men’s Big Bash League match between the Sydney Sixers and the Brisbane Heat at Sydney Cricket Ground, on December 29, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Sixers recently signed Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan for the ongoing tournament. The Pakistani cricketer was roped in by the Sixers following injuries to two of their players.

Khan is an experienced T20 cricketer as he has 64 T20I matches under his belt, having taken 73 wickets at an economy rate of 7.11. His batting average is just below 20 with an impressive strike rate of 136.81. He finished the T20 World Cup with nine wickets to his name in six matches.

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Now, Shadab Khan is all set to make his return to the BBL as he is expected to make his debut for Sydney Sixers against Brisbane Heat later today. However, the Pakistan white-ball vice-captain will be following some special Covid-19 related protocols during the game.

Khan will not be able to share the dressing room with his teammates, sit away from his teammates’ bench and not be part of any on-field celebrations. Under the protocols, Khan will not join his teammates  until he has been in Australia for a week. The 23 year old has, reportedly, passed multiple PCR tests as well as doing rapid testing daily to avoid any sort of health complications. Ahead of his return to the BBL, Khan trained separately at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Talking about the BBL protocols, he said: “It is pretty strange but nowadays the whole world has strange things happening. I understand, everywhere is the same and hopefully I will join the team soon.”

Shadab Khan will be facing his former teammates as he was part of the Brisbane Heat four years back. He said that he has played against Chris Lynn, Ben Duckett and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in international cricket and also praised his former team. “The Sixers are playing very good cricket as well – hopefully it is a good game,” he concluded.

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