Afganistan spinner, Mujeeb ur Rahman has tested positive for coronavirus, while he was still in hotel quarantine. This comes just before his planned stint with Brisbane Heat in the upcoming Big Bash League season.
Mujeeb ur Rahman traveled from his home in Kabul and reported symptoms during two week mandatory quarantine in Queensland. He has been transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital as a precautionary measure.
Queensland said in a statement that they had communicated with the Afghan spinner. “We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the integrity of the competition and well-being of the player are suitably addressed,” said Queensland Cricket chief Terry Svenson. “He is a young man far from home and we will ensure he is looked after.”
Cricket Australia’s Big Bash boss added that the health and safety of all involved in the BBL was their top priority this season. “Both Mujeeb and the Brisbane Heat have our full support and we will ensure all Queensland Government protocols continue to be followed as he recovers,” he said.
Earlier, Sandeep Lamichhane, a part of the Hobart Hurricanes squad tested positive for Covid-19 while his time in Nepal and will be unavailable for the BBL before Christmas. Mujeeb ur Rahman is currently in his third stint with Brisbane Heat and has an amazing economy of just 6.08 in his 18 matches so far.
Brisbane Heat lack depth in their bowling department, especially in the opening half of their season. Mitch Swepson has been picked to play the Test series against India and Zahir has been transferred to the Melbourne Stars. Mujeeb ur Rahman’s absence will further make matters worse for Brisbane Heat.
Brisbane Heat will open their BBL 10 campaign against Melbourne Stars on December 11 at Canberra.