Mujeeb Ur Rahman, an Afghanistan finger spinner, is ready to play his fourth season for Brisbane Heat in the 11th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). The news was announced on August 31, when the Heat were able to re-sign their star player for a second time. With his frugal bowling and timely breakthroughs, the youthful spinner has emerged as one of the brightest stars.

Mujeeb has been a vital part of the Heat’s success in the BBL, capturing 29 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.13 in 26 games. Last season, he had his best T20 stats for Heat, taking 5 for 15 against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba.

“I’m delighted to have been re-signed with Brisbane Heat for a fourth season,” Mujeeb remarked. “I’m extremely happy there; the guys are fantastic. I always have the fans’ support, so I’m hoping we can win the Big Bash for them.” This season, Mujeeb will be led by Wade Seccombe, who will take over as coach from Darren Lehmann, but the former coach will remain on as an assistant.

Mujeeb was coached by Lehmann at Northern Superchargers in the Hundred this year, and the new coach had no trouble convincing him that he should be re-signed. After Chris Lynn stepped down as captain, the Heat will have a new captain this season, but they have yet to identify 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