Mahmudullah has become the latest Bangladeshi cricketer to test positive for Covid-19, ruling him out for the PSL playoffs as of November 14. The Multan Sultans had attacked Mahmudullah instead of Moeen Ali, and he was supposed to leave Dhaka on November 9. That means Tamim Iqbal, who replaced Chris Lynn on the Lahore Qalandars squad, will be the only cricketer from Bangladesh to travel to Pakistan.
Mahmudullah, the captain of the Bangladesh T20I, said he took two tests to be sure, but after two positive results, he isolated himself in a separate room in his home.
“I was surprised by the positive result of my Covid test, on November 6,” Mahmudullah told ESPNcricinfo. “I didn’t have a fever or any other symptoms other than a little cold. Nothing more than that. I had a second test yesterday and that also came back positive. Now I’m resting in a separate room. I’m a little worried about my wife and children. I seek everyone’s prayers for a speedy recovery and the well-being of my family.
“It is disappointing to lose the opportunity to play for PSL. It is a competitive tournament. It was a good opportunity to play a couple of matches there. Now I am looking forward to recovering soon and trying to participate in our Bangabandhu T20 Cup.”
Mahmudullah has been to all the BCB camps since September and has also been training individually. His team won the BCB President’s Cup last month. Yesterday, he was named in the Grade A draft of the players for this month’s Bangabandhu T20 Cup tournament.
Previously, Abu Jayed, Saif Hassan and Mashrafe Mortaza had tested positive and subsequently recovered. Some cricketers and coaches from the Under-19 camp also tested positive last month.
According to official figures, there have been 418,764 cases of Covid-19 in Bangladesh, with more than 6000 deaths.