Brisbane Heat confirmed that spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman tested positive for Coronavirus ahead of BBL 10 on Friday. The franchise had roped in Mujeeb for the upcoming season of the tournament starting next week (December 10).
Mujeeb, 19, arrived in Australia last week and immediately isolated himself as per the norms at the team hotel in Queensland. A few days later he complained of the coronavirus symptoms and was admitted in the hospital.
Heat confirmed that the 19-year-old is currently recovering from the virus and he will be under the surveillance of the Queensland Health Department.
“We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the integrity of the competition and well-being of the player are suitably addressed,” Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said.
“He is a young man far from home and we will ensure he is looked after.” he added.
The Afghanistan spinner is currently the world’s second best T20I bowler in the ICC rankings, only behind his countryman Rashid Khan.
Mujeeb last played for Kings XI Punjab in the recently concluded Indian Premier League in the UAE. He will now only play for the Heat unless he is deemed completely fit by the Queensland Health Department.
“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.” BBL head Alistair Dobson said.
Brisbane Heat will begin their BBL 10 campaign against Melbourne Stars at Canberra on December 11.