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Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza contracts coronavirus
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Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza contracts coronavirus

Mashrafe Mortaza has tested positive for coronavirus after undergoing a test on Friday. The veteran pacer had been suffering from a fever for the past few days forcing him to get himself checked.

He has currently placed himself in quarantine in Dhaka with his brother Morsalin Mortaza revealing that his condition was better now.

"Mashrafe had a fever for the past two days. His sample for coronavirus test was collected on Friday and it came back positive today. He has a slight fever with body aches," Morsalin informed the media.

"As he has no other symptoms, Mashrafe is currently receiving treatment at his home. He is staying in isolation with his family and is doing well at the moment and his family is also fine."

Mashrafe is also an elected member of the parliament and has been engaged in relief efforts in his hometown during the ongoing health crisis triggered by the COVID-19.

The 36-year-old is considered to be Bangladesh's most influential skipper as the team witnessed a significant rise in international cricket amidst his tenure as the leader of the side.

He recently stepped down as the Bangladesh ODI captain but has kept himself available for selection in the 50-over format, though his name was omitted from the central contract list issued by the cricket board.

Additionally, former Bangladesh opener Nafees Iqbal and 28-year-old left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam have also been infected by the virus.

Cricket in the country has come to a screeching halt since the coronavirus outbreak first began, leading to the abrupt postponement of the domestic Dhaka Premier League. The number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh has continued to spike at an exponential rate accounting for more than 1400 deaths.