Dhaka: Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza and two other cricketers Najmul Islam and Nafees Iqbal were found positive in the Covid-19 investigation. He is the second major cricketer in the grip of coronavirus after former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. Last week Afridi was found infected with this dangerous virus. Murtaza was reportedly unwell for the last few days and on Friday, he received a Covid-19 investigation in which he was found positive. He is currently in isolation in his home.
Murtaza, who played 36 Tests, 220 ODIs and 54 T20 matches for Bangladesh, wrote on his Facebook page, “Today my coronavirus test result was positive. All pray for my quick recovery. He said, now the number of infected has crossed one lakh. We will have to take further precautions. They stayed in homes and did not leave when not necessary. I am following the protocol at home. We have to create awareness about this disease instead of getting nervous.
According to local media, some members of Murtaza’s family were found infected with the disease. Murtaza is a member of Parliament and was conducting relief operations during the epidemic. Apart from Murtaza, one-day team captain Tamim Iqbal’s elder brother and former Bangladesh cricketer Nafees Iqbal have been found positive in the coronavirus investigation. According to the Daily Star report, left-arm spinner Islam was also found positive who was engaged in relief work in his hometown Narayanganj. Nafees Iqbal made his Bangladesh debut in 2003 but dropped out of the national team after 2006.
According to the report of ‘The Daily Star’ newspaper, Nafees himself has confirmed that he has been infected with this virus and at this time he is living separately at home in Chittagong. The 34-year-old played 11 Tests and 16 ODIs for Bangladesh. Last month, Bangladesh development coach and former first-class cricketer Ashfikur Rahman COVID-19 were found positive. In Bangladesh, more than one lakh people have been affected by this epidemic. Three Pakistani cricketers Shahid Afridi, Tawfiq Umar, and Zafar Sarfaraz were also found infected with this virus.