Former Bangaldesh captain Mashrafe Morataza has tested postive for Covid-19, his brother Morsalin Mortaza confirmed on Saturday.
“My brother has had a fever for two days. He did the test last night. Today came the test positive. He is at home in isolation,” Morsalin told Cricbuzz.
The pacer becomes the second high-profile cricketer after former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi to test postive for the deadly virus.
Earlier today, the news of former Bangladesh cricketer and elder brother of ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, Nafees Iqbal contracting Covid-19 also came out.
Mashrafe Mortaza has supported the coronavirus victims in Bangladesh with all his hearts since the outbreak of the pandemic. From donating his Bangladesh cricket’s salary to supporting 300 needy families in Narail, his birthplace and the Lohagara upazila with food and essential items, the 36-year-old has done it all.
Mortaza has represented captained Bangladesh in all the 3 formats and have played 36 Tests, 220 ODIs and 54 T20Is for his country.
On June 13, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi had took to Twitter to inform that he had contacted coronavirus.
“I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” the 40-year-old had written.
Later, Shahid Afridi also updated about his health status and said that he was doing well after a struggle of 2-3 days.
I wanted to make this video as I have been hearing a lot about my health on social media since the past few days. First 2-3 days were really tough for me but my condition has been improving in the past few days,” Afridi had said in a video message posted on Facebook.
“There is no need to panic about this. Till you yourself don’t fight a disease, you cannot beat it. These days were hard for me as well.”
“The biggest concern for me over the last 8-9 days is that I am unable to take care of my children, love and hug them. I miss my children. But it is important to take precautions to keep yourself safe and others safe.
“I knew I would get the disease as I was travelling a lot for charity work. Thankfully, it didn’t happen in the beginning as if it had happened early, I would have been able to help people, send them essential supplies,” Shahid Afridi had told.