Glenn Maxwell has been a marquee player in the BBL, having featured in every season of the competition since its inception in 2012/13.
The BBL has witnessed an unprecedented COVID outbreak with numerous positive cases being reported across eight franchises, forcing postponement and last-minute rescheduling of matches.
Maxwell, who is the captain of Melbourne Stars in the BBL, became the 13th player from the franchise to test positive for the virus.
Qais Ahmad is the club's second international signing following confirmation last week that English batter/wicketkeeper Joe Clarke has signed for the upcoming season.
Chasing 100 runs to win in 11 overs in the rain-hit match, 17-year-old right-handed opener, Shafali Verma, fell for 8 (10 balls, 1 four) in the fourth over.
Mignon du Preez has left Melbourne Stars for joining Hobart Hurricanes ahead of the seventh edition of the Women's Big Bash League.
Melbourne Stars on Tuesday announced the signing of left-arm pace bowler Sam Rainbird for the upcoming season of BBL.
Hayley Jensen who used to play for Stars before making a cross-town move to arch-rivals Melbourne Renegades.