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Mahmudullah tested COVID positive, to miss PSL


Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah Riyad has been tested positive for COVID-19 virus. The all-rounder will miss PSL (Pakistan Super League) T20 matches.

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Mahmudullah was scheduled to take flight to Pakistan via Dubai at 10am on Sunday (November 8). As per government rules, any individual outgoing must undergo test for coronavirus. The 34-year-old’s result returned positive and he is currently in isolation.

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This means PSL table-toppers Multan Sultans, who replaced Moeen Ali with Mahmudullah, lose the Bangladeshi all-rounder for play-off matches in Karachi.

Mahmudullah is now uncertain for the starter of Bangabandhu T20 Cup that is expected to kick off on November 21 or 22. The players’ draft will be held on November 12.

Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah were called in PSL as overseas replacements. Tamim will leave for Pakistan on Tuesday via Emirates airlines flight. The left-handed opener will join Lahore Qalandars squad as Australian Chris Lynn’s replacement.

Lahore will meet Peshawar Zalmi, Tamim’s former PSL team, in the Eliminator on November 14.

COVID cases have not been new to Bangladesh campaign. Former skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Nazmul Islam Apu and Nafis Iqbal were infected during the virus’ peak time in Bangladesh. Batsman Saif Hassan and seamer Abu Jayed Rahi had also been tested positive when the Tigers were taking preparations for Sri Lanka tour which later got postponed.

Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan has been tested negative for COVID. He arrived Bangladesh on Friday morning from USA. Bangabandhu T20 Cup will be Shakib’s first competitive cricketing assignment since suspension.

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