Brisbane Heat cricketer Mujeeb Ur Rahman has tested positive for coronavirus while in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast.
The Afghanistan spinner travelled from his home of Kabul last week and was undertaking Queensland’s mandatory two-week quarantine when he began experiencing symptoms of the virus.
The 19-year-old has since been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where he is recovering.
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He will remain in the care of Queensland Health until he is given the all clear to link up with the Heat to play in the upcoming Big Bash League season.
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said the welfare of Mujeeb is of the highest concern for Queensland cricket officials.
“We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the integrity of the competition and wellbeing of the player are suitably addressed,” Mr Svenson said in a statement.
“He is a young man far from home and we will ensure he is looked after.”
While Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues Alistair Dobson said “The health and safety of our players, staff and the wider community is our top priority this season”.
“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.”
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) December 4, 2020