Ab de Villiers has pulled out of the 2020-21 season of the Big Bas League (BBL), confirming the Brisbane Heat will be playing without him.
AB pulled out of the league stating family reasons. The topliner Proteas and his wife are expecting their third child. Besides, his chances of traveling to Australia also looks vague owing to travel restrictions in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s exciting for Danielle and me with the arrival of our new baby very soon,” Heat quoted de Villiers as saying.
“So, with a young, growing family, and the uncertainty around travel and conditions due to COVID-19, we reluctantly decided it wasn’t going to be this season. The Heat was great to us last summer and I am very open to returning to the club in the future. The team didn’t get the results we were hoping for and I consider there is some unfinished business to deal with,” he added.
Brisbane Heat has welcomed back Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who is currently on the No. 2 spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) T20I ranking. Mujeeb is currently playing impeccably for the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann said on Mujeeb’s re-assignment, “He’s doing a lot of the little things as well as anyone, and his control and maturity have gone to a new level, I believe. He was outstanding in the Caribbean Premier League recently when he was the second leading wicket-taker in the competition, and he’s shown in the IPL that he can handle the very best.”
“We’re very pleased to have him back with us and with the BBL schedule potentially looking quite different to the usual format, his versatility and ability to create chances in a range of conditions will be very important for us,” Lehmann added.
BBL has allowed the assignment of three overseas players to each team. The teams are yet to release their complete finalized squad list.
BBL will commence from 3rd December, 2020.