Bangladesh senior player Mahmudullah Riyad has been tested positive for Covid-19, which ruled him out from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs, starting November 14, reports BSS.
Mahmudullah, who was recruited by Multan Sultans in place of English all-rounder Moeen Ali was supposed to leave the country on November 9.
Tamim is the other player, who was roped in by Lahore Qalandars, replacing Chris Lynn to play the PSL playoffs. As prerequisite for flying, the 34-year old Mahmudullah underwent a test and found himself positive. To double check he made another test but the result showed the same outcome.
Mahmudullah, also the T20 captain of Bangladesh is currently staying at his home and maintaining self-isolation. Mahmudullah said he was surprised about the outcome as he has no visible symptoms. “I underwent a test on November 6 and found myself positive, which surprised me,” Mahmudullah told the reporters.
“Other than a bit of cold, I didn’t have fever or any other symptoms. So I got tested for a second time yesterday, 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.”
He said he is disappointed to miss the chance of playing in the PSL.
“The PSL is a competitive tournament, so it is disappointing to miss it. 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,” he said.
Although the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to name the players for every category for the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, Mahmudullah is expected to be named in Grade A of the players’ draft. Mahmudullah-led team emerged champions in the recently concluded BCB President’s Cup, where other two teams were led by Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hasan Sahnto. The experienced all-rounder amassed 162 runs and bagged two wickets in five games.
Previously, Abu Jayed, Saif Hassan and Mashrafe Mortaza had tested positive and subsequently recovered. A few cricketers and coaching staff from the Under-19 camp had also tested positive last month. According to the official figures, there have been 418,764 Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh, with over 6000 deaths.