Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has recovered from the infectious coronavirus after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 20. On Tuesday, the veteran proclaimed that he had tested negative after treating himself at home.
In his official Facebook account, Mortaza thanked his well-wishers. He also urged everyone to follow the safety guidelines to fight from the deadly virus. Further, he also informed that his wife Sumona Haque is still battling with the virus and asked everyone to pray for her.
“Hope everyone is fine. By the grace of God and blessing of everyone, I have tested negative for coronavirus. I am thankful to everyone who stood by me and showed concern in this tough times,” he said.
“I recovered from the virus after being treated at home. To those who are affected, stay positive. Keep faith in Allah and abide by the rules. Together we will keep fighting the virus,” added the 36-year-old pacer.
“But two weeks after being diagnosed, my wife is still positive for coronavirus. She is doing well, keep her in your prayers,” Mortaza wrote.
Meanwhile, like Mortaza, two other Bangladeshi cricketers — Nafees Iqbal and Nazmul Islam — have also recovered from the virus after undergoing treatment at home.
Mashrafe Mortaza stepped down from captaincy:
Mashrafe Mortaza, earlier this year, stepped from the ODI captaincy after leading his team for five years. Tamim Iqbal was proclaimed as the new Bangladesh captain in the 50-over format. The pacer bowler Mortaza last lead the team in the Zimbabwe series in March.
He led Bangladesh to 49 wins in 87 matches, making him Bangladesh’s most successful one-day captain.
Mashrafe also led Bangladesh to 10 T20 wins before retiring from the format in 2017. He has not played a Test since 2009 due to injury.
The 36-year-old’s place in the team is also under doubt after selectors are under pressure to bring in fresh blood ahead of the 2023 World Cup in India.