Big Bash League: Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman joins Brisbane Heat
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the second-highest wicket-taker in ODIs this year with 37 from 20 games. @AFP

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has become the latest Afghanistan  player to feature in the Big Bash League, after singing with Brisbane Heat. The 17-year-old has joined the franchise as its second overseas signing after Brendon McCullum.

“Once I played for my country I dreamed of playing in the IPL, county cricket and the Big Bash. I have been able to achieve the first two so this is very exciting for me. I am looking forward to meeting up with everyone at the Heat and playing in Australia,” Mujeeb said.

Mujeeb broke into Afghanistan’s senior team in December 2017 and has so far played 23 ODIs, seven T20Is and the country’s landmark first Test in June versus India. His prowess as an all-sorts spinner has seen him signed by IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab and he has also turned out in the Bangladesh Premier League.

He is the second-highest wicket-taker in ODIs this year with 37 from 20 games, second behind his Afghanistan team-mate Rashid Khan who has 48 from as many appearances.

“Mujeeb is a rare talent and we’re delighted he is going to play in the BBL for the first time. From what we have seen so far at International level and in competitions like the IPL and the Vitality T20 Blast in England, he has the skills and maturity to adapt and excel in a variety of conditions,” Brisbane’s head coach Daniel Vettori said.

“He has been successful in the Powerplay and closing out an innings, so we will have options to explore depending on the state of the game. At this stage we anticipate having him for the entire BBL which is a bonus.”