Bangladesh T20I skipper Mahmudullah has been ruled out of the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs after testing positive for coronavirus.
The veteran all-rounder was drafted in as a replacement for Moeen Ali in Multan Sultans' squad but will not be able to make his PSL appearance once the tournament resumes on November 14.
Mahmudullah was expected to fly out to Pakistan tonight and underwent the Covid-19 test according to the government regulations.
The all-rounder, who captained his team to triumph in the domestic three-team tournament last month, eventually returned a positive virus test despite not exhibiting any symptoms.
"I was surprised by a positive result from my Covid-19 test," Mahmudullah told reporters after placing himself in quarantine.
"I didn't have a fever or any other symptoms other than a bit of cold," he said.
"I tested a second time and that also came out as positive."
Mahmdullah's virus infection puts doubt over his participation in the five-team Bangabandhu T20 tournament scheduled to commence at the end of this month. He is one of the several Bangladesh cricketers, including former skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Test opener Saif Hasan, to test positive.
Table-toppers Multan Sultans have not yet named a replacement for Mahmudullah as they boast the likes of Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir and Ravi Bopara among the foreign stars in their squad.
Tamim Iqbal will be the sole Bangladesh player participating in the PSL as he will don the Lahore Qalandars jersey, having been inducted into the side in place of Chris Lynn.