Cricketer Mashrafe Mortaza tested positive for COVID-19
Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been tested positive for COVID-19. The 36-year-old is currently isolated from home. A member of Bangladesh’s parliament, Mortaza is yet to announce his retirement from the game. “My brother has had a fever for two days. He tested last night. Today the test came back positive. He is at home in isolation,” Morsalin, Mortaza’s brother, told Cricbuzz.
Mortaza, who has played 220 ODIs, 36 Tests and 54 T20Is in his illustrious career, has been helping people during the epidemic. In March, they decided to support 300 families affected by COVID-19.
Bangladesh, which recently crossed the 1,00,000 mark, has seen more than 1,05,000 cases of COVID-19 patients so far. About 43,000 people have recovered, while more than 1,300 deaths have been reported in the country.
Mortaza is the second Bangladesh cricketer to test positive for COVID-19. Hours earlier, it was confirmed that Nafees Iqbal also tested positive. The elder brother of Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, Nafees played 11 Tests and 16 ODIs from 2003 to 2006. He is in domestic isolation.
“I had the first symptom ten days ago. I had a fever and body aches and pains but was cured in the third day. But I still took the COVID-19 test to make sure it was positive and the results came out positive. I Timing right, ”said Nafees.
Mortaza, meanwhile, is the fifth international cricketer to test positive for infection. Scotland’s Majid Haq was the first cricketer to announce that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
In May, former Pakistan opener Tawfiq Umar also tested positive – he has recovered now. Last week, Pakistan veteran Shahid Afridi also tested positive for COVID-19, while reports of Morta and Nafees testing positive on Saturday were also confirmed. Former Pakistan first-class players Zafar Sarfaraz and Riyaz Sheikh succumbed to COVID-19.