England batsman James Vince is doubtful for Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs after testing positive for Covid-19. He is the second player to pull out of the PSL playoffs after Bangladesh’s Madmadullah. Vince, a part of the Multan Sultans, was set to play for the side on November 14.
According to a report in espncricinfo, Vince is asymptomatic and will imminently undergo a second test. But he is legally obliged to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test. He will however be able to take part in the Big Bash League (BBL), where he has signed for Sydney Sixers.
PSL table-toppers Multan Sultans lose James Vince
After Mahmudullah, PSL table toppers Multan Sultans have suffered another blow as James Vince had to pull out due to similar consequences. Though there is no clarity on the replacement for Mahmudullah, it is understood that Joe Denly might be named as the replacement for James Vice.
The remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 are likely to take place in the second or third week of November. Earlier this year, the tournament was postponed indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus outbreak. The tournament was postponed just before the playoffs stage.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are now hopeful that they can complete the PSL in November due to reduction in coronavirus cases in the country. As expected, all the remaining games are expected to be held in a bio-secure environment, with Karachi likely to be the venue.
The PSL matches are likely to take place between November 12 and 18, which falls in between the window for Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan and T10 League. The availability of foreign players still remains a concern but PCB is optimistic about roping in players from other Asian countries, at least, according to Cricket Pakistan.
But while cricket is slowly getting back on track, the fans are nowhere close to being allowed to enter the stadiums. All the games are being played in empty stadiums.