AB de Villiers to skip BBL; Mujeeb re-signs with Brisbane Heat

Former South African batsman AB De Villiers has decided not to participate in the upcoming Big Bash League. With AB De Villiers unavailable for BBL, Brisbane Heat will have to look for other players to bolster their batting resources for this year’s tournament.

Veteran batsman and his wife are expecting their third child due to which he has decided to skip this year’s Big Bash League. He further stated that due to prevailing travelling environment and Covid-19 situation, he decided to make this decision.

On the other hand, Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman has re-signed with Brisbane Heat. The 19-year old has been a premier bowler for the franchise for the past couple of years.

Last year, AB De Villiers signed a contract with Brisbane Heat. The middle-order batsman finished the competition with 146 runs at an average of 24.33. In the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2020, AB De Villiers accumulated 324 runs at an average of 54.00.

Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman will play this third season of Big Bash League for Brisbane Heat. Last year, Mujeeb claimed three wickets at an economy rate of 6.16. In this year’s Caribbean Premier League, Mujeeb ur Rahman had an outstanding season for Jamaica Tallawahs and claimed 16 scalps at an average of 13.56.

In the Indian Premier League, Mujeeb ur Rahman only played two matches for Kings XI Punjab. Brisbane Heat Coach Darren Lehmann said that spinner has shown control and maturity to bowl in different conditions and situations. He stated that Mujeeb has proven that he can dismiss best batsmen with his wide range of variations.

Brisbane Heat will start their campaign when they take on Melbourne Stars at Manuka Oval in Canberra on 11th December on Friday. Pugnacious opener Chris Lynn will lead the side for this year’s competition. Former South African pacer Morne Morkel is expected to feature for Brisbane Heat as a local player after gaining permanent citizenship in Australia.