Bangladesh spinner Nazmul Islam has been tested positive for Covid-19. He is the third high-profile name from his country to be tested positive for the deadly virus on Saturday. Along with him, Mashrafe Mortaza and Nafees Iqbal have tested positive for Covid-19 too.
Nazmul Islam, 28, has so far played one Test, five ODIs and 13 T20Is since his international debut in 2018. Bangladesh are struggling to contain the spread the deadly virus. According to latest reports, the Covid-19 cases have crossed 1,00,000 in the country with over 1400 deaths.
Last month, Bangladesh’s development coach and former first-class cricketer Ashiqur Rahman had tested positive for the virus too. Earlier this month, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was tested positive for the virus as well.
He became the third cricketer from Pakistan, and the second international after former opener Taufeeq Umar, to have contracted the virus. Zafar Sarfraz, the former first-class cricketer who died of the disease, was the first. In May, Solo Nqweni, the South African allrounder who has been battling Guillan-Barré syndrom, had also confirmed he was tested positive for Covid-19.
Cricket on backfoot:
The pandemic has pushed the game firmly on backfoot since March. The ODI between Australia and New Zealand on March 13 was the last international game before everything was halted due to the pandemic. But international cricket will finally resume next month when England and West Indies lock horns in a three-match Test series.
Pakistan are also scheduled to visit England for Tests and T20Is in August and September. As far as Team India are concerned, the players are yet to resume full training.
On the other hand, Bangladesh do not have any cricket assignment in near future. They were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July for three Tests (part of World Test Championship) and later host New Zealand in August but both series look unlikely now.
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