Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh, Skipper, Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2020
Mashrafe Mortaza (Source: Twitter)

Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has reportedly tested negative for the deadly Coronavirus disease that has been doing rounds across the globe. Mashrafe Mortaza recovered from the unforgiving pathogen after undergoing home treatment since the 20th of June. He announced the positive news through his official Twitter handle on Tuesday. Nevertheless, his wife Sumona Haque is yet to test negative.

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Perhaps, Mashrafe Mortaza is not the only cricketer from Bangladesh to contract the pandemic that has ravaged the entire world. Two other cricketers, namely Nafees Iqbal and Nazmul Islam, also tested positive for the same and followed the same method as the veteran to get better. Mortaza, who is a member of the Parliament ruling the Awami League Party, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on the 20th of June.

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza. Credit: Getty Images

Aside from these three Bangladeshi international players, former Pakistan athletes Taufeeq Umar and Shahid Afridi also caught COVID-19. However, both of them managed to beat the deadly virus, which has claimed countless lives across the globe.

Some of the present Pakistan cricketers also reported having contracted it ahead of their tour of England; however, all recovered and received clearance to visit the nation.

Here is Mashrafe Mortaza’s Tweet:

36-year old Mashrafe Mortaza tweeted his positive status via Twitter and thanked the almighty, whose blessings enabled him to recover from the illness. He also thanked those who remained beside him during challenging times and prayed for him. The veteran pacer stepped down from the ODI captaincy position in March and is the most successful skipper of Bangladesh, having played 220 fixtures. Mortaza has also featured in 36 Tests and 54 T20Is.

As far as international cricket is concerned, the same returned to the fold the previous week as England and the West Indies locked horns in a thrilling Test match in Southampton. With a four-wicket victory, the Carribeans took the lead in the three-match series.

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