Multan Sultans’ PSL playoff plans have been disrupted after positive Covid-19 test results.
Bangladesh star Mahmudullah has been ruled out of a Pakistan Super League return after he twice tested positive for coronavirus.
The Bangladesh T20I skipper had come in to replace England’s Moeen Ali but will now be a big miss for the current favourites.
“I was surprised with a positive result from my Covid test, on November 6,” Mahmudullah told ESPNcricinfo.
“I didn't have fever or any other symptoms other than a bit of cold. Nothing more than that. I got tested for a second and that also came out as positive.
“I am now taking rest in a separate room. I am a little worried about my wife and kids. I am seeking everyone's prayers for quick recovery and for my family's well-being.
“It is disappointing to miss the chance to play in the PSL. It is a competitive tournament. It was a good opportunity to play a couple of matches there. I am now looking forward to getting well soon and try to participate in our Bangabandhu T20 Cup.”
The Sultans are due to face Karachi Kings on November 14 for a place in the final of this year’s tournament.
Vince Needs Second Test
However, they have been dealt a second blow with the news that England batsman James Vince has also tested positive.
He will now undergo a second test, but his participation is under serious doubt.
Reports from ESPNcricinfo suggest Vince is asymptomatic but that he still has to self-isolate for 10-days from the date of the first positive test.
Vince – a member of England’s World Cup-winning squad – had been in fine form in the PSL before it was halted by the coronavirus pandemic at the start of the year. He had scored 155 runs in five innings.
There are also reports suggesting Multan could look to England’s Joe Denly as a replacement option for Vince should his second test confirm the first result.
Vince has also signed for Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash League but he should be fine to take part with that still more than a month away.