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AB de Villiers opts-out and Mujeeb re-signed with Brisbane Heat for BBL 2020-21

The 10th season of the KFC Big Bash League is scheduled to play from Thursday, 03rd December 2020, and the final of this tournament is set to be played on Saturday, 06th February 2021, in Australia.

Ab de Villiers
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There will not be any fireworks from the Former South African veteran batsman AB de Villiers in this season. ABD has opted out of the BBL 2020 competition because ABD’s family expects their third child, and he also feels uncertain about travelling in a world pandemic like COVID 19 situation.

De Villiers had a contract with the BBL franchise last year. In the 2019 season, de Villiers had scored 146 runs at an average of 24.33.

In the IPL 2020 so far, ABD has scored 324 runs with an average of 54 so far for RCB.

Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann said that things looked subtable initially for ABD’s comeback. But the COVID 19 pandemic has messed up everyone’s plans. International travel in the COVID era is a challenge, and another which might have stopped ABD from playing is that ABD and his wife Danielle are expecting their third child very soon.

The team is happy with ABD’s third child’s news, and they also know that the coming months are essential for him and his family. The team management will stay in touch with De Villiers for further developments. ABD has been in excellent form in IPL 2020 for RCB, and the management will want a player like him in their team.

ABD said that he is excited about the arrival of the new baby. With the young growing family and the uncertainties of travel because of COVID, ABD has decided not to participate in this year’s BBL 2020 season.

De Villiers is open to returning to the Heat next year as the last summer was great for them. They did not achieve the desired results, maybe because there are still unfinished business deals to deal with.

Mujeeb ur Rahaman will be back with the Heats. The spin bowler from Afghanistan will play his third season of the BBL for this franchise. Last year, Mujeeb picked up three wickets at an economy rate of 6.16.

Mujeeb was also impressive for Jamaica Tallwahs in the Caribbean Premier League 2020 season. The Afghan spinner bagged 16 wickets to his name with an average of 13.56. Currently, he is with the Kings XI Punjab franchise for IPL 2020 season in UAE.

The coach, Darren Lehmann, has praised Mujeeb for his control and maturity. Lehman also observed his impressive run in the CPL 2020, where he was the second-highest wicket-taker. The team is quite pleased to have the star spinner back. His versatility, control of line and length, and ability to create chances in all the conditions will help the team.

 

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