The younger brother of former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been infected with coronavirus.
The development comes a few days after the former captain was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Golam Mortaza Swapan, father of Mashrafe, confirmed that his younger son Morsalin Bin Mortaza also tested positive for Covid-19 in the morning.
He is now taking treatment at his Dhaka residence, said Golam Mortaza.
Mashrafe tested positive for coronavirus on June 20. Family sources said that he is doing well.
Mashrafe’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law also tested positive for coronavirus and now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka.
Besides, Tamim Iqbal's elder brother Nafis Iqbal and national team left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu have also been tested positive.
As per the latest update, 1,19,198 Bangladeshis tested positive and 1545 died from coronavirus in the country.
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said they have postponed the home series against New Zeland which was scheduled to take place in August-September this year
The decision was taken after a joint discussion with the New Zealand Cricket, said a press release of BCB.
New Zealand were due to visit Bangladesh to play two Tests which are the part of World Test Championship (WTC).
Till the date, Bangladesh played three Tests what are included in the World Test Championship and lost all of them. Bangladesh’s first WTC was against Pakistan, and the next two were against India.
“In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, hosting a full cricket series in August 2020 will be a challenge in terms of preparations and we cannot take chances with the safety and health of players, support staff and related stakeholders,” as BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury as quoted in the release.
“Under these circumstances, the BCB and NZC have felt that the best way forward would be to defer the series. We realise that this will be hugely disappointing for the players and officials of both teams, not to mention the fans of the two nations but I must thank NZC for its understanding and for recognising the rationale behind such a decision,” he added.
Bangladesh played their last international match on March 11 this year against Zimbabwe. Since then, Bangladesh’s 11 international matches were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, what includes three Tests (two against Australia, one against Pakistan), four ODIs (three against Ireland, one against Pakistan) and four T20Is (all against Ireland).
Bangladesh are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July-August, though, the series is still in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 situation. However, BCB and Sri Lanka Cricket are yet to say anything final about this series’ fate.
Mina Hossain, mother of former captain of Bangladesh National Cricket Team and former BCB Director Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu, passed away Monday afternoon.
She was 86.
She left behind two sons, a daughter and large number of admirers to mourn her death.
Mina Hossain breathed her last at about 4pm at her residence in Bashundhara, Dhaka after suffering from old age complications.
She will be burried at the graveyard near Mohammadpur Eidgah maiden in the city.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expressed profound sadness at the passing away of Mina Hossain.
In a condolence message, BCB President Nazmul Hassan, MP said: “On behalf of the BCB I extend heartfelt sympathies to the family members of the Late Mina Hossain. We pray to the Almighty for the salvation of her soul.”
Dhaka Abahani Limited, Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) and Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) also condoled the death of Mina Hossain.
Bangladesh former national team captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who tested positive for coronavirus two days ago, has been doing well.
Some media reports suggested on Monday noon that the former captain and Parliament Member's health condition worsened due to the virus, but a family member of Mashrafe said he is doing well.
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"Bhaia is doing well. He has been suffering from asthma for a long time. So we were scared about it as coronavirus is more deadly for the people who have asthma. But he is doing well. He has no symptoms other than little cough and fever," Morsalin Bin Mortaza, Mashrafe's younger brother, told UNB.
Earlier, Tamim Iqbal's elder brother Nafis Iqbal and national team left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu have also been tested positive.
Nazmul's parents also tested positive for coronavirus. While his mother is doing well, his father is showing some complications as he has the heart-related problem.
As per the latest update, 1,15,786 Bangladeshis tested positive and 1502 died from coronavirus in the country.
Bangladesh national team cricketer Nazmul Islam Opu tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, as did his parents. The cricketer himself confirmed the news.
All of them have been getting treatment at home.
“I got the message this afternoon confirming that I was exposed to the virus. I am feeling a fever for the last few days. My mother and father have also been suffering from fever and cold for a few days. Now we came to know that we are infected,” Nazmul told the media.
Nazmul came to the limelight for his humanitarian effort to help the people who left stranded due to the coronavirus. He worked so hard in his native area- Narayanganj, which is also the first epicentre of the virus in Bangladesh.
“My mother is doing well, though, she is diabetic. My father has some issues because he has been suffering from heart-related diseases for a long time. I am not that worried about me but about them. Please pray for our recovery,” he added.
This afternoon came with a devastating news that Bangladesh’s former captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, currently an MP, has caught the virus. Hours later, Nazmul’s news also came to the fore.
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Earlier, former Bangladesh cricketer Nafis Iqbal, elder brother of the country’s all-time highest run-getter Tamim Iqbal, also tested positive with the virus. Opu however is the first active cricketer in the country to have extracted the disease.