Afghan cricketer Mujeeb Ur Rahman in hospital after positive COVID-19 test

Gold Coast: Afghanistan cricketer and Brisbane Heat import Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been taken to a Queensland hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

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The 19-year-old spinner, the world’s No. 2-ranked T20 international bowler, was in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast south of Brisbane after arriving in Australia last week.

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Mujeeb reported symptoms of the illness and has since been placed in the care of Queensland Health to complete his recovery.

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The news comes a week out from the Heat’s season opener against the Melbourne Stars in Canberra and means Mujeeb will almost certainly miss Brisbane’s two matches in Australia’s capital.

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Queensland Cricket chief executive Terry Svenson said Mujeeb’s welfare was the primary concern.

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“He is a young man far from home and we will ensure he is looked after,” Svenson said.

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