Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was diagnosed with coronavirus on Saturday.
Confirming the information, family sources said he is undergoing treatment in Dhaka.
"He has been suffering from fever for two days. Covid-19 test was conducted on Friday and we got the result today. He has been found positive. He's now staying in isolation at home in Dhaka. Please pray for him," Mashrafe's younger brother Morsalin Bin Mortaza told UNB.
Later, Mashrafe through a post on his Facebook account urged the people to pray for his speedy recovery.
"I have been tested positive for COVID-19. I hope you will pray for my quick recovery,” Mashrafe wrote in his social media handle.
The former skipper also cautioned people to be more careful pointing out a huge number of confirmed cases in the country.
He said “the total infection in Bangladesh just crossed one lakh. We have to be more cautious now. We have to make sure we don't get out of the home without any reason.”
Mashrafe said he is taking treatment at home and following medical advisory. “Don't be scared about the coronavirus, we rather need to increase awareness," he added.
Earlier on May 18, Mashrafe sold his favourite bracelet at Tk 42 lakh in an online auction for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
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The entire money earned from the sale of the bracelet will go to Mashrafe's 'Narail Express Foundation'. From there, the money will be spent for people affected by coronavirus.
Earlier on May 12, Mashrafe, an MP from Narail-2 constituency, sought an intensive care unit (ICU) for Narail Sadar Hospital from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to face the coronavirus crisis.
He was working in his constituency during the pandemic.
Bangladesh has so far reported 1,08,714 coronavirus cases and 1,425 deaths.
Former Bangladeshi cricketer Ramchand Goala passed away at his residence in Mymensingh. He was 79.
“A prominent and popular player in the domestic circuit, especially of the Dhaka club cricket scene, Goala breathed his last at his home in Mymensingh this morning at the age of 79. The BCB extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Ramchand Goala,” said a press release of Bangladesh Cricket Board.
“Ramchand Goala received his first National Team call up when he was past 40 and he was playing at club level until 53 years of age. He is a unique example of mental and physical fitness, passion for the game and most importantly self-discipline. These are traits the cricketers of today should aspire to emulate,” chairman of BCB media and communication committee, Jalal Younus, was quoted in the release.
The Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) also condoled the death of Ramchand Goala. They stated the former left-arm spinner was very popular among the cricketers during his cricketing days
He was best known for his 15-year-long stint for Abahani Limited during his cricketing days.
Goala, a left-arm spinner, passed the biggest part of his life in Mymensingh. It is believed that due to his reluctance to come to out from Mymensingh, cost him his career.
Bangladesh all rounder Mohammad Saifuddin insisted that he will be glad if he gets close to what Masrhafe Bin Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan did for Bangladesh cricket.
In a recent interview, Saifuddin also revealed how crazy he was as a supporter of Shakib during his early cricketing days.
Saifuddin was inducted to international cricket in 2017 in a T20I match against Sri Lanka in Colombo. In the same series, Bangladesh’s then captain Mashrafe told goodbye to T20I cricket. In October same year, Saifuddin got his ODI cap against South Africa in at Kimberley.
Till the date, Saifuddin represented Bangladesh in 22 ODIs and 15 T20Is. Within the first three years of his international career, Saifuddin is often compared with Mashrafe and Shakib as the future star of the Tigers. However, Saifuddin believes what Mashrafe and Shakib have been doing for Bangladesh since their debut is enormous.
“To be honest, I feel proud when people compare me with Mashrafe bhai or Shakib bhai. As a human being, it’s always good to hear own fame. But I don’t take this seriously. Both of Mashrafe and Shakib bhai played more than 200 ODIs each. In contrast, I didn’t do anything to be proud of. I think I am at the primary stage of my career,” Saifuddin told during an interview with sports presenter Noman Mohammad.
“But yes, this comparison helps me get more confident and play well. Masrhafe bhai told in an interview before the World Cup that I’m an asset. It’s a great honour that they have a belief in me,” Saifuddin added.
The allrounder said he always tries to perform well to justify his comparison with Mashrafe and Shakib. He said, “I always try to perform well so that I get close to what they did for Bangladesh cricket. Let’s see what time offers me.”
The 23-year-old allrounder also revealed how crazy he was as a supporter of Shakib during his early cricketing days. He said it was like a dream comes true for him to play with Shakib in the same team and share the dressing room with the best allrounder of the country.
“I used to wear 75 no jersey when I was a player in the age-level cricket as Shakib bhai also wears this jersey. But when I got a call in the national team in 2017, Shakib bhai told me that he will continue to wear this jersey throughout his career. He also told me to wait to get this jersey jokingly. I told him to allow me to wear jersey no 74 so that I remain close to him,” Saifuddin said in the interview.
“I follow Shakib bhai since my early cricketing days. I saw him for the first time during our U-15 camp back in 2010. He came to our camp and gave a speech. It was very encouraging for us,” he added.
The Head Coach of the Bangladesh National Football Team Jamie Day said that his target is to play positive football to earn some points from their next four Joint Qualifiers matches of the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
As per the new schedule proposed by AFC, Bangladesh will host Afghanistan India and Oman on October 8, November 12 and 17 respectively while they will meet the Asian champions Qatar in their lone away match on October 13.
"We have four tough games in FIFA, AFC joint qualifiers in October and November. We have to be positive. We are looking forward to collect some points from those matches," Jamie Day said in an online zoom press-conference on Thursday, arranged by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
"But, first of all we have to get back players and make them fit during the preparation camp. They have been off-field for a long time in the pandemic situation,” he added.
"I was really looking forward to work with BFF again in the future. I’m delighted to have agreed new great deal. It was a really good two years in our first period. I really enjoyed the last two years here, enjoyed some good games. Now, I get back with the boys in camp, getting them fit and ready for the games. BFF decided to call up 44 players, we don’t need so many players for the camp. I will shortlist to 30 to 35 after my arrival,’’ he further said.
"It’s not enough to make players fit with six to eight weeks. But we have better facilities and skilled coaching staff, then we can get some good results. We’ll play our first match against Afghanistan. Most of their players play different European leagues, but I’m not sure whether they are playing matches at this moment. However, we have three home matches, so we will have supporters in the pitch. It will motivate players and help us to secure some points,” the 40-year-old English man said.
League is a guideline for players. But they have not been in the league. So, we need to play some practice matches during our camps. It will be very useful for them. But if it isn’t possible, we will play matches among ourselves split into two teams. Bashundhara Kings will have AFC matches at the same time. They may not release their players that time. BFF need to talk with them,” Coach ended.
Jamie Day became the longest-serving foreign head coach of the national team as BFF extended his contract on Tuesday (June 16) for two years from mid of August 2020 to mid of August 2022.
It was the third time that BFF renewed his tenure after appointing the 40-year-old English man as the coach of the national team and U-23 team in May in 2018.
Earlier, Bangladesh started their campaign in FIFA and AFC joint qualifiers with a 0-1 defeat against Afghanistan in the first match in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on September 10, conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Asian champions Qatar in the second match in Dhaka on October 10, played to a 1-1 draw against India in their third match in Kolkata on October 15 and conceded 1-4 goals defeat against Oman in the fourth match at the Seeb Sports Stadium in Al Seeb city of Oman on November 14 last year.
In the five-team Group E, Qatar is now leading the point table with 13 points from five matches while Bangladesh are at the bottom place with one point from four matches. Among others, Oman secured 12, Afghanistan 4 and India 3 points.
National team played a total of 19 international matches while the U-23 team played 11 under his coaching. National side won 8, drew 2 and conceded 9 defeats while U-23 won 3, drew 2 and conceded 6 defeats.
“Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will hold a residential camp for the national team next August. The decision was taken in a virtual meeting of BFF National Teams Committee, headed by its chairman and BFF vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP, on Wednesday at 12 pm. Deputy chairman of committee and BFF vice-president Tabith Awal, BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, Anwarul Haq Helal, manager of national team Satyajit Das Rupu, technical director Stuart Paul Watkiss and Imtiaz Hamid Sabuj were also present there.
BFF decided to initially call 44 booters and coaching staffs at the first week of August, who will be isolated for 10 to 15 days and undergo a COVID-19 test before starting the camp. After that, some 30 to 35 booters will be shortlisted for the final camp which is expected to kick-off at the mid of August.
The isolation training camp will be held at a safe venue in Dhaka or outside of the city. National booters have been off-field for a long time, so that BFF will try to arrange some practice matches against foreign teams at foreign soil as a part of the preparation for booters.
World football body FIFA has advised Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) not to hold its elections until the coronavirus situation in Bangladesh improves.
"We’ve received a letter from FIFA on Tuesday and they wanted to know about the annual general meeting (AGM) and election of BFF. They wrote it won't be wise to hold elections until the health, sanitation and Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh improves. FIFA also advised us to keep them updated about BFF AGM and elections," BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said Wednesday.
Earlier, the BFF postponed its much talked about elections on March 27 as its incumbent executive committee members and the delegates raised voice against BFF's intention to hold elections on April 20 amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Later, FIFA extended the tenure of the present BFF executive committee, which had expired on April 30, till elections are held and advised them to hold the elections when the coronavirus situation in Bangladesh improved.
Although the BFF postponed its elections in March, but they continued the election procedure by preparing final voter lists on June 7.
It is assumed that FIFA’s instructions came in wake of the BFF vice presidents Badal Roy and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi's letter to FIFA complaining some irregularities in voter list.
Both Roy and Mohi also requested the game's governing body to take necessary steps to defer the upcoming BFF polls till the country's coronavirus situation fully improved.