Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad have been included by Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans respectively for the HBL Pakistan Super League playoffs scheduled to start from November 14.
PSL was postponed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although no Bangladeshi players were initially picked by any PSL teams in this edition, Tamim and Mahmudullah have now been included for the upcoming playoffs of Pakistan’s marquee event.
Lahore Qalandars have picked Tamim to replace Chris Lynn while Multan Sultans replaced Moeen Ali with Mahmudullah.
“It’s an honour to play in the HBL PSL. Cricket is being played very differently this year and I hope to play a part in bringing smiles to the faces of our fans,” Mahmudullah was quoted as saying in a PCB media release.
Meanwhile, Tamim vowed to help Lahore Qalandars win the title this year.
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“I can’t wait to be back at the HBL PSL. Lahore Qalandars have had an amazing journey and I want to help our team win the trophy this year,” Tamim was quoted as saying.
The final of the tournament is slated for November 17.
Tamim and Mahmudullah, who led two of the three teams that played in the BCB President’s Cup last month, are also expected to participate in the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Cup, which was originally scheduled to start in mid-November but might be pushed back a week.