Brisbane Heat skipper Brendon McCullum has been suspended for one-game after his team recorded a poor over-rate in the recent Big Bash League encounter against Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.
Brisbane Heat were found six minutes behind from the scheduled close of play and this is their second over-rate offence under McCullum.
In the absence of McCullum, Brisbane Heat have assigned the captaincy responsibility to Joe Burns.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters described McCullum's absence for the crucial game against Melbourne Stars as "disappointing" but expressed full faith on the side's ability to bounce back.
"The Heat have shown that their style of attacking, exciting cricket really resonates with the fans and viewers all over the world and so it is disappointing for them that they will miss seeing one of the game's best in action in Melbourne next week," Walters said.
"It is a shame but we accept those are the competition rules we are playing under and reminds us that we can continue to improve in all facets of the game.
"We're confident the team will give a good account of itself against the Stars and continue to play bright, attacking T20 cricket.
"We're sure Brendon and the team will rebound from this setback and finish the competition strongly."
Brisbane Heat have already lost Chris Lynn in their squad as he is set to feature for Australia in the One-Day International series against Pakistan and this will be the first time this season, they will be without both their leading run-scorers.
After succumbing to a 27-run defeat against Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Heat will take on Melbourne Stars on 17th January at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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