Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza recovers from Covid-19, wife continues to be positive

Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Tuesday said he recovered from Covid-19 after getting treatment at home. Mortaza though said his wife continues to be positive after testing for the novel coronavirus 2 weeks ago.

Mashrafe Mortaza tested positive for Covid-19 on June 20 along with Nazmul Islam, Nafees Iqbal. All 3 cricketers have now recovered after undergoing treatment at home, according to ESPNCricinfo.

Mortaza took to social media to thank his well-wishers after recovering from the novel coronavirus. He urged his fans to keep his wife in their prayers and follow safety protocols to keep fighting against the virus.

"I heard the results of the test this evening, which is negative," Mortaza wrote on his Facebook page.

"I am thankful to everyone who prayed for me, was beside us and showed concern during this time. But my wife is still Covid-19 positive after two weeks of being diagnosed. She is doing well. Keep her in your prayers.

"I got treatment 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."

Mortaza, who no longer plays Tests and T20Is for Bangladesh, stepped down from captaincy earlier this year.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in Bangladesh has crossed 190,000 with more than 2400 deaths as of July 15.

The Covid-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the sporting world and cricket is no exception. While international cricket has resumed in England with the Test series vs West Indies, Bangladesh have had to cancel their Test tour of Sri Lanka in July. Bangladesh also said they will not be hosting New Zealand as scheduled in August due to the Covid-19 situation in the country.

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