Key spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has finished his BBL stint and is enroute to the United Arab Emirates to play for Afghanistan in the series against Ireland later this month.
The Heat had anticipated Mujeeb would be available for Thursday’s clash with the Melbourne Renegades, now scheduled for Canberra’s Manuka Oval, but he was contacted by Afghanistan team management after Sunday night’s thrilling final ball loss to the Sydney Sixers with updated travel arrangements.
Mujeeb produced his best season for the Heat, claiming 14 wickets at 6.25 from eight games.
The Heat had better news with English batsman Joe Denly cleared of any fracture after dislocating his finger early in the fielding innings against the Sixers.
He will be assessed through training in the next 48 hours with a view to playing against the Renegades.
Brisbane have applied to the BBL Technical Committee to bring former South African fast bowler Morne Morkel back into the squad ahead of the clash with the Renegades.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann thanked Mujeeb for his exceptional contribution.
“I said the other day that he has taken his game to new heights with us this season and that was shown clearly in what turned out to be his last game for us when he took 2-16 against the Sixers,’’ he said.
“Unfortunately, he had to leave a little sooner than we had both anticipated and we will miss him. But he has been excellent, and we wish him all the best with representing his country and for his cricket this year.”
Lehmann said the club had taken a positive approach to the change in venue.
“We gained a lot from the two games we played at the start of the season at Manuka so even though there have been a few changes to our planning, we are right to go.”
The Heat will travel to Canberra later today to prepare for Thursday night’s match.