Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah, who was signed as the replacement of Moeen Ali by Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans, has tested positive for the coronavirus which is why he will now not feature in playoffs scheduled to start from November 14.
Only the playoffs, comprising of four matches, were left to play in the PSL as the group stage had already been played in February before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic had halted the league, and thus, it was postponed. Now, Pakistan had got the window to host the remaining crucial encounter to decide the winner of this season.
Notably, PSL 2020 is the first season being hosted in Pakistan while the other past editions since inauguration were organised in the UAE.
Mahmudullah isolated himself after two positive results:
While talking to ESPNCricinfo, Mahmudullah expressed that he was surprised by his news being tested positive for the infectious virus. Currently, he has isolated himself in the hotel room and will also not feature in the playoffs.
“I was surprised with a positive result from my Covid test, on November 6. 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 time yesterday, and that also came out as positive,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying.
“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,” he added.
“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,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying.
“I am now looking forward to getting well soon and try to participate in our Bangabandhu T20 Cup,” the skipper added.
The remaining four matches (playoffs) of the tournament will now be played in Karachi on November 14, 15, and 17.