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Kent batsman Joe Denly off to the Pakistan Super League finals after James Vince tests positive for Covid-19

Kent batsman Joe Denly has replaced James Vince in the finals of the Pakistan Super League after his England team-mate tested positive for Covid-19.

Denly joins Multan Sultans after a stint at PSL rivals Karachi Kings in 2018, where he scored 323 runs in 12 matches at an average of 32.29 as Karachi reached the third qualifying final stage of the tournament.

Kent batsman Joe Denly
Kent batsman Joe Denly

Also in the squad are England T20 internationals Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara, as well as former Kent Spitfire Shahid Afridi and Pakistan batsman Shan Masood, who played for Sevenoaks Vine CC as an overseas player in 2012, and captains the Sultans.

Right-hander Denly has a wealth of experience playing for teams in overseas T20 leagues, also having turned out for for Barisal Burners and Dhaka Dynamites in Bangladesh, Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and the Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash League.

He joins Multan Sultans after helping Kent Spitfires to the quarter-finals of this year’s Vitality Blast, regularly opening the bowling with his leg spin and scoring 152 runs in six matches.

Multan take on Denly’s former club, Karachi, in a finals qualifier on Saturday.

The winners will go into the eliminator, with the final due to be played on Tuesday.

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