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Taufeeq Umar self-isolates after testing positive for coronavirus
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Taufeeq Umar self-isolates after testing positive for coronavirus

Former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar has become the fourth cricketer known to have contracted the coronavirus after he revealed the news to local media.

The compact left-handed batsman, who played his last international match in 2014, decided to take the virus test despite showing only mild symptoms for the disease.

"I got myself tested last night after feeling a little sick last night, and the result came positive. My symptoms are not at all severe," Umar was quoted as saying by Geo News.

“I have isolated myself at home. I appeal to everyone to pray for my swift recovery.”

Other cricketers to have fallen victim to the COVID-19 include Scotland's Majid Haq, uncapped South African all-rounder Solo Nqweni and Pakistan first-class player Zafar Sarfraz, who tragically passed away in Peshawar.

Umar shot to prominence in the early 2000s for his wristy strokeplay, finding immediate success in Test cricket.

He gradually fell out of favour with the selectors but managed to make a comeback to the side under the captaincy reign of Misbah-ul-Haq.

During this period, Umar also amassed his highest Test score when he racked up 236 against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in 2011.

He boasts a tally of 2,963 runs across 44 Tests at an average of 37.98 while faring poorly in ODIs.