Shamar Joseph signs Pakistan Super League deal with Peshawar Zalmi after West Indies heroics


It hasn’t taken long for the West Indies’ breakout star Shamar Joseph to cash in on his explosive performance against Australia, with the young quick picked up by Pakistan Super League side Peshawar Zalmi.

The 24-year-old put his name up in lights after battling through injury to claim 7/68 and defeat Australia at the Gabba in just his second Test appearance.

“This is my dream, to play cricket for the West Indies,” he said after the match.

“I’m not afraid to say this. I will always be available to play for the West Indies, no matter how much money comes towards me. I will always be here to play Test cricket.”

He was widely praised for his commitment to the red-ball format, especially since other WI stars including ex-captain Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers both chose to play domestic T20 tournaments instead of touring Australia.

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West Indian captain Kraigg Braithwaite said after the match that Joseph’s incredible effort could ignite a new era for the team in red ball cricket.

“This is a new beginning for us, we now have work to do,” he said.

“I believe we have the talent and it shows the world that we are going to be competitive and win Test matches, but we need more Test cricket.

“This shows the world that we are going to be competitive and win Test matches, but we need more cricket. That’s my cry.

“This is a message for whoever it may be, we need more Tests.”

Overnight, Joseph was announced as a replacement player for PSL side Peshawar Zalmi for the tournament that runs from February 17 until March 18.

The franchise announced he would replace England quick Gus Atkinson, who is with the England Test squad in India until that five-match series concludes on March 11.

He is expected to return to Peshawar after that, but ESPN Cricinfo claims that Joseph is set to play the full tournament rather than depart when Atkinson returns.

The West Indies are not scheduled to play a Test until a three-match series against England in July.

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Originally published as Already? West Indies’ new hero immediately cashes in with Pakistan T20 deal