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Multan Sultans: James Vince tests positive for coronavirus, will miss PSL playoffs
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Multan Sultans: James Vince tests positive for coronavirus, will miss PSL playoffs

England batsman James Vince will be unavailable for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs after testing positive for Covid-19.

Vince was expected to link up with the Multan Sultans squad in Karachi to participate in the remainder of PSL 2020, which is scheduled to resume on November 14.

Vince played five games for table-toppers Sultans earlier this year, amassing 155 runs including a man-of-the-match contribution of 61 not out against Islamabad United in the rain-affected encounter at Rawalpindi.

The news of the Hampshire star's absence comes a day after Multan Sultans' newly signed foreign player Mahmudullah withdrew from the competition due to a positive coronavirus test.

According to a report published in ESPNcricinfo, Vince is asymptomatic at the moment and will soon undergo a second test for the virus, though the initial positive result mandates a quarantine period of 10 days for him.

Vince has also been roped in by Sydney Sixers for the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL), that will start on December 10. With a month to go till Australia's premier T20 tournament, Vince is likely to recover in time for his BBL stint with the defending champions Sixers.

Multan Sultans have not yet named a replacement for either Mahmudullah or Vince but sources suggest Joe Denly could be called up by the PSL franchise.

Denly has previously played for Karachi Kings and was picked by the Sultans in PSL 2019 when they failed to progress to the playoffs.

The Shan Masood-captained Sultans will have another chance to make it to their maiden PSL final appearance if they are unable to defeat Karachi in the Qualifier on Saturday.