Lahore, May 24 : Former Pakistan cricketer Taufeeq Umar has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Taufeeq developed a mild fever and he got himself tested for Covid-19 on Saturday. 'I got myself tested last night after feeling a little sick last night, and the result came positive. My symptoms are not at all severe,' Umar told Geo News.
'I have isolated myself at home. I appeal to everyone to pray for my swift recovery,' he added. Umar is the fourth reputed cricketer to be affected by COVID-19 after Majid Haq (Scotland), Zafar Sarfaraz (Pakistan) and Solo Nqweni (South Africa).
Umar, a Lahore-born left-handed opener, has represented Pakistan in 44 Tests and 22 ODIs. He scored 504 runs from 22 innings at an average of 24 including three half-centuries. He made his international debut in August 2001. The 38-year-old scored 2,693 runs from 83 innings at an average of 37.98 including seven centuries and 14 half-centuries in the longest format of the game. On his Test debut, Umar scored a century against Bangladesh and became the eighth batsman to do so for his country. He played his last international game in 2014. (UNI)