Peshawar Zalmi players hit by Covid-19 got the team worried


Peshawar Zalmi have suffered a big setback ahead of their much-anticipated playoff match against Islamabad United on Thursday, as all-rounder Ben Cutting and leg spinner Usman Qadir tested positive for Covid-19. Hashmi Amla, the club's batting consultant, was also said to have caught the virus, according to GEO TV, citing a source close to the group. The trio will now be subjected to an obligatory seven-day quarantine period as per procedure, which means they will be unable to compete in the playoffs.

Cutting's batting has been a major focus for Peshawar Zalmi this season, as the Australian batsman has been the team's second-highest run scorer. Cutting has a strike rate of 164.16 and has scored 197 runs in 9 innings for the Peshawar team. Qadir's lack of stamina is also viewed as a huge disadvantage for the team. In PSL 2022, Qadir has taken eight wickets in 7 matches.

If Peshawar Zalmi proceed to the competition title decider, the players are expected to be ready for PSL 2022.

After losing their first two matches in the PSL 2022, the Peshawar Zalmi, captained by Wahab Riaz, came back to finish third on the points table at the end of the league stage. With six wins in ten matches, the squad qualified for the playoffs by winning all four of their last four games. The Peshawar Zalmi overcame the Lahore Qalandars in a super over last time out, defending only 8 runs in the deciding over.

On Thursday, Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by five wickets in the Pakistan Super League 2022 (PSL 2022) Eliminator 1 encounter. Islamabad United beat off Peshawar Zalmi's 169/5 target with five wickets and three balls to spare. Peshawar Zalmi finished third in the PSL 2022 league stage with a total of 12 points from ten matches, winning six and losing four. Islamabad United, on the other side, finished fourth and earned the final playoff slot. Islamabad United concluded the season with eight points from ten matches, with four wins and six losses.