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Mahmudullah to replace Brad Hodge in PSL replacement draft

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 03: Mahmudullah of Bangladesh celebrates his half century during the first Twenty20 match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at McLean Park on January 3, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Mahmudullah of Bangladesh. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The replacement draft for the second edition of the PSL was named recently. All five franchises named their replacement players in the meeting held at National Cricket Academy at Lahore. In a very surprising update, veteran Australian T20 cricketer Brad Hodge has opted out of the tournament.

Interestingly, Hodge was named as the replacement of English all-rounder Moeen Ali in the replacement draft a couple of days ago. Earlier, Moeen Ali had pulled out of the tournament a day after the drafts were named. Ali had cited personal family commitments as the reason behind him pulling out from the mega event.

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It all seems to be going into the loop. It is worth noting that even Ali was a replacement player for West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. Brathwaite had confirmed his unavailability for the T20 league. Never has this been seen before that a replacement for a replacement player who was a replacement himself has been named. It might sound a little complicated and rather amusing but is true.

Now, the Quetta Gladiators, the franchise that has seen a plethora of changes, has roped in Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyadh as the replacement for Brad Hodge in their recent update. As per the recent reports by a renowned Pakistan journalist, Brad Hodge has pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons. The Gladiators will now be hoping that Mahmudullah does not pull out of the tournament else they will be in a serious fix to find yet another replacement.

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The meeting for the replacement drafts had seen all the five franchises choose their players in case some members of their team are unavailable midway through the season. Karachi United were the only franchise to have named no replacements. The draft contained the names of players who would replace the players that fail to participate in the PSL this year due to a variety of reasons – ban, availability, injury or NOC.

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