Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad has tested COVID-19 positive and is all set to miss the remaining fixtures of the Pakistan Super League. Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal were picked as replacements for the last leg of the competition, scheduled from November 14-17.
Lahore Qalanders had picked Tamim to replace Chris Lynn while Multan Sultans roped in Mahmudullah in place of Moeen Ali. Meanwhile, Mahmudullah will no longer be a part of the tournament after testing COVID positive.
Mahmudullah Tests COVID-19 Positive, To Miss PSL
”Mahmudullah was tested corona positive and will not be able to take part in the upcoming PSL play-offs,” said a BCB official.
The 34-year-old cricketer was set to play for the Multan Sultans in the playoffs for the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He was scheduled to board the flight to Pakistan via Dubai on Sunday, November 8, but now is ruled out of the tournament.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board even gave NOC’s to the two of them to play in the tournament since PSL did not clash with the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 tournament. Apart from Mahmudullah, a number of other Bangladesh cricketers were also affected by coronavirus. The names include former captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Abu Jayed Rahi, Nafees Iqbal, Nazmul Islam Apu.
Meanwhile, after the final stage of the PSL was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the playoffs will begin from November 14. Table-toppers Multan Sultan will take on Karachi Kings in the first qualifier, followed by the eliminator clash between Lahore Qalandar and Peshawar Zalmi.
The second eliminator will be held on November 15, and the final on November 17. The league matches of the tournament were played back in February-March, before the onset of the fatal virus.
Bangladesh have played no cricket ever since the pandemic disrupted the cricket calendar earlier this year.