James Vince’s PSL involvement in doubt

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James Vince looks set to miss the Pakistan Super League after returning a positive Covid-19 test.

Vince returns positive Covid-19 test

It is understood that he is assymptomatic abd a secondary test is being done to confirm the diagnosis.

However, regardless of whether a second test confirms or denies the original positive, he is legally compelled to isolate himself from contact with anyone else for at least 10 days.

Vince had signed on to play for the Multan Sultans, who have had absolutely rotten luck trying to put a squad together for the tournament that starts on 14 November.

The English batsman is the second player to test positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of travelling to Pakistan after Bangladesh allrounder Mahmudullah withdrew over the weekend.

Mahmudullah also out

Mahmudullah was himself brought in as a replacement for Moeen Ali, who withdrew for undisclosed reasons.

“I was surprised with a positive result from my Covid test, on November 6,” Mahmudullah told ESPNcricinfo at the time.

“I didn’t have fever or any other symptoms other than a bit of cold. Nothing more than that. 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.

“It is disappointing to miss the chance to play in the PSL. It is a competitive tournament. 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.”

Should still make the BBL

Reports suggest the Sultans are trying to sign Joe Denly as a replacement if Vince can’t make the trip but everyone is hanging in limbo at the moment awaiting the results of the second test.

Additionally, contact tracing is underway to ensure everyone Vince has been in contact with recently also goes into isolation.

The 29-year-old has also signed on to play for the Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash League but as that only gets underway in December, it is believed he should recover in time to make the trip Down Under.