Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza ruled out a rumour regarding being to be negative in coronavirus test. He confirmed that he is doing well but not tested negative yet.
Mashrafe is tested positive for coronavirus on June 20. Since then, he has been taking treatment at his home in Dhaka. His condition is well.
“A news is spread in some media and social networks that I’m tested negative for COVID-19. It’s not true at all. I’m not retested again. I hope to test against after 14 days,” Mashrafe wrote in his social media handle.
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“By the wish of Almighty and your prayers, I am well. I have been taking the necessary treatment at home. There are no health issues. I pray for me and for all those affected across the country. Everyone be careful and well. We will continue to fight together,” he added.
Along with Masrhafe, his younger brother Morsalin Bin Mortaza is also tested positive, and both of them are doing well as Morsalin told UNB on June 27.
Not just Mashrafe, Bangladesh cricket fraternity is also shocked as Tamim Iqbal’s elder brother and former Bangladesh opener Nafis Iqbal and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu is also affected by the novel coronavirus. However, all of them are doing well.
Former Bangladesh captain Masrhafe Bin Mortaza, who tested positive for coronavirus a week ago, is doing well and not suffering from any health complications, his family said.
Masrahfe’s test result came on June 20 and he has since been in isolation at his home.
The 36-year-old has asthma which was enough to make his family and fans scared. But after an X-ray at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), doctors said he is doing well.
After Masrhafe, his younger brother Morsalin Bin Mortaza also tested positive for coronavirus. While talking to UNB on Saturday, he said their condition is good.
“Bhaia (elder brother) is well. He’s not complaining about anything. We believe he’s recovering well. I’ve been feeling short of breath, but it’s manageable. Please keep us in your prayers so that we can recover fast,” Morsalin told UNB.
Not just Mashrafe’s family, but also the families of Nazmul Islam Apu and Nafis Iqbal had been exposed to the deadly virus which has infected 133,978 people and killed 1,695 in Bangladesh since March.
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Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque says mental fitness is also important for cricketers to stay strong during this coronavirus pandemic.
Like other cricketers, Mominul is also passing time at home. He has been working on his fitness since cricket matches have been on hold after March this year.
In a recent interaction with ESPNcricinfo, Mominul said that along with fitness training to keep themselves fit to play at any time, mental health is also important for cricketers. He believes mental fitness gives an athlete the confidence to start well once the game resumes.
“When you are locked at the home for two-three months, it is important to keep mental fitness well. I think you can hold on to your fitness by working out for five or six days, but being mentally strong is the most important factor,” Mominul said.
Bangladesh Test captain also advised his teammates to recite the holy Quran, inspirational books or watch motivational movies.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh’s five series have been postponed. They will be rescheduled once the situation gets better. Mominul said they might not get a breather due to a lot of cricket next year.
Bangladesh played their last international match on March 11 this year against Zimbabwe. Since then, Bangladesh’s five series were postponed due to the pandemic. They include three Tests (two against Australia, one against Pakistan), four ODIs (three against Ireland, one against Pakistan) and four T20Is (all against Ireland), and three Tests (against Sri Lanka).
Bangladesh completed the 20th year of getting Test status today (Friday). On this day in 2000, the country achieved historic recognition from International Cricket Council (ICC) as the 10th Test playing nation.
Earlier, Bangladesh upheld their claim for the status in international cricket when Tigers won their first major international trophy, the ICC Trophy, beating Kenya in Kuala Lumpur in 1997.
Bangladesh's path to being a Test playing country was a little smoother after their astonishing victory over former world champions Pakistan in their maiden ICC World Cup in England in 1999.
But, to get the Test status for Bangladesh, it would require a lot more than just winning few matches as the country was lacking proper cricketing infrastructures, required political diplomacy and an audacious vision from the BCB's then-president Saber Hossain Chowdhury for earning most desired Test status.
Former ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya of India extended a good support to Bangladesh to gain the awaited Test status.
The then BCB president Saber Hosssin Chowdhury and BCB general secretary Syed Ashraful Haque played a vital role in the Bangladesh's most awaited and fate deciding ICC meeting in Lord's in June 2000 where Bangladesh was unanimously voted for the Test status.
Later, ICC chief Malcolm Gray, alongside two top BCB officials, Tigers captain Aminul Islam Bulbul,who was in England at that time to play for a English club, made a historic announcement of Bangladesh' s Test status at a press conference at Lord's on June 26, 2000.
Bangladesh applied first for Test status in 1996, but which had no impact at all, later, they applied again in 1997 after winning the ICC Trophy, but their appeal was denied due to inadequate support.
Three Asian countries--India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka alongside West Indies and Zimbabwe supported Bangladesh candidature while Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa voted against Bangladesh in 1997.
Finally, Bangladesh unanimously granted Test status in 2000, but they had to wait for five years to win the first Test match in Chittagong against Zimbabwe in 2005.
Bangladesh played their maiden Test against India on November 10 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka in 2000.
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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has introduced an app to monitor the physical health and mental well-being of cricketers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 WELLNESS app has been customised using the EDGE10 sports analytics software to track individual players on a daily basis, said a BCB media release on Thursday.
The app has been launched with the aim of bringing cricketers under one umbrella during the present coronavirus crisis.
BCB’s Manager Management Information System (MIS) Nasir Ahmed said that the players will find the app easy to access and to use from any smartphone or smart device and it will allow the BCB to stay updated on the health status’ of the cricketers.
"The playerss will be expected to respond to a number of questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and behavioral patterns each day. The queries have been set in conjunction with the BCB’s Medical Team which will monitor the comprehensive data over a certain period of time for risk indication and separate players if needed based on the information, Nasir was quoted as saying in a media release.
"We have prepared this app considering the unusual situation we find ourselves in due to the spread of the coronavirus. Players have already started putting their inputs. We also have resumption of training in mind as sooner or later we have to get the cricketers back on the field,".he further said.
The COVID-19 WELLNESS app will be a very useful tool for ensuring safety and health of the cricketers and relevant personnel.
"As this is a centrally controlled system, therefore the information gathered will facilitate quick response to emergency. It will help us in access control of players for practice, contact tracing, medical attention for suspected cases or even isolation and treatment if necessary. The feedback from players will be analysed by the app and listed under red, orange and green categories in line with risk assessment. Access to training will be determined accordingly. Designated officials of the BCB will receive an immediate notification via sms whenever there is a red outcome.” he added.
Initially, the app will be used to screen the National men’s and women’s teams and the Under 19 squad members. Its range will be further expanded as per requirement.