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BBL 2021-22 – Mujeeb Ur Rahman back to Brisbane Heat for a fourth BBL stint

BBL 2021-22 - Mujeeb Ur Rahman back to Brisbane Heat for a fourth BBL stint

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Finger spinner set to play under a new captain and coach after Darren Lehmann and Chris Lynn stood down during the off-season

Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman will make his fourth trip back to the BBL later this year after re-signing with Brisbane Heat.

Mujeeb has been an outstanding contributor to Heat over the course of his 26 matches in the BBL claiming 29 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.13. He claimed his career-best T20 figures for Heat last season taking 5 for 15 against Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba.

“I’m very pleased to have re-signed for Brisbane Heat for my fourth season with them,” Mujeeb said. “I’m very happy there, they’re great guys. The fans always support me and the team so I hope we can win the Big Bash for them.”

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Mujeeb will play under a different hierarchy this season with Wade Seccombe taking over as coach from Darren Lehmann, although the former coach will remain on as an assistant.

Lehmann coached Mujeeb at Northern Superchargers in the Hundred this year and had no hesitation in convincing the new coach that he should be re-signed.

“Darren has reported back to us that he keeps getting better each time he sees him,’” Seccombe said. “It’s exciting for us to have him in the line-up again. It makes a big difference to how we match-up with other teams, and his skills and controls enables other players in our squad to come to the fore as well.

“It was notable how Mitch Swepson and Matt Kuhnemann enjoyed working with him last season so we’re looking forward to him arriving closer to the tournament and getting ready to go.”

Heat will also have a new captain this season after Chris Lynn stood down but they have yet to name his replacement.

Brisbane Heat squad: Chris Lynn, Tom Banton (England), Xavier Bartlett, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Matt Willans, Tom Cooper, Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan)

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Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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