Coronavirus has brought the whole of the world into a standstill. Close to 10 million people in the world have been affected by the deadly disease. Cricketers too across the world have been affected by the pandemic. Here’s a running timeline of all the cricketers to have been tested positive or negative.
DC assistant physiotherapist tests positive for COVID-19
Delhi Capitals' assistant physiotherapist has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving for the IPL, starting September 19. He was already going through his mandatory quarantine and had tested negative for his first two tests, while found positive in the third test. However, he had not been in contact with any player or staff of the franchise. He was isolated immediately, and is currently at the IPL Isolation Facility in Dubai for the next 14 days
CSK players test negative: The Chennai Super Kings' contingent has tested negative for COVID-19 which has brought relief in the camp, which was left in a fix after 13 of their members including two players (Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad) tested positive for the virus last week.
CSK’s Ruturaj Gaikwad tests positive: Chennai Super Kings’ Ruturaj Gaikwad has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League in UAE. The right-handed top-order batsman, who has been a part of India A teams in the recent past and is a prolific performer in Ranji Trophy.
CSK’s Deepak Chahar tests positive: Right-arm medium pacer Deepak Chahar is among multiple members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent who have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the IPL franchise to extend its quarantine period in Dubai and causing upheaval ahead of the event starting September 19.
Chetan Chauhan passes away: One of Indian cricket's most well-known batsmen without an international hundred, former opener Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday due to COVID-19 related complications after being put on life support for nearly 36 hours. Chauhan, who was the legendary Sunil Gavaskar's longest serving opening partner, was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI in Lucknow on July 12 after being tested positive for COVID-19.
Dishant Yagnik tests positive: Rajasthan Royals' fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for COVID-19, the IPL team announced. This is the first such case among the league franchises ahead of their departure next week to this year's tournament venue, the UAE.
Mosharraf Hossain tests positive: Former Bangladesh left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain, who has represented the national team in five ODIs, has tested positive for COVID-19. The 38-year-old contracted the infection after his father also tested positive for the contagious disease.
Mohammad Amir tests negative: Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir was cleared to join the national side in England after his second test also returned negative for coronavirus.
Kashif Bhatti tests negative: Pakistan's Kashif Bhatti has rejoined the squad in England after self-isolating following a positive test for coronavirus. Bhatti flew to the UK along with fellow cricketers Haider Ali and Imran Khan, besides team masseur Malang Ali. All these individuals had initially tested positive in Pakistan.
Chetan Chauhan tests positive: Former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan has tested positive for COVID-19. Chauhan, who scored 2084 Test runs during his playing days, has reportedly been admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow.
Sam Curran tests negative: England’s Sam Curran tested negative following his COVID-19 test from yesterday. Curran has been self-isolating in his room at the team hotel after coming down with 'sickness and diarrhoea' on the second day of England's intra-squad three-day warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl.
Shahid Afridi tests negative: Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that he has tested negative for Covid-19. “Alhamdulillah, my wife & daughters, Aqsa & Ansha have re-tested after our previously positive results for #COVIDー19, & are now clear. Thanking u all for your continuous well wishes, & may the Almighty bless you and yours. Now back to family time; I’ve missed holding this one,” he wrote on Twitter.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz test negative (Pakistan): Six Pakistan players who had earlier tested positive for COVID19 have now tested negative for Covid-19 for the second time in three days and, as such, are now eligible to join the Pakistan men’s national cricket team in Worcestershire. The PCB said that it will make arrangements for their travel to England.
Ian Botham (England): Former England allrounder Ian Botham told Good Morning Britain that he got infected by the dreaded coronavirus early this year but mistook it for "a bad case of flu". "I've actually had it. I had it at the end of December, beginning of January, and I thought I had a bad case of flu. It's amazing how long it has been around, we don't know all the details. It was very much a sort of in the dark, let's see what happens," Botham said.
Jofra Archer tests negative (England): England pacer Jofra Archer did not join the rest of his side last week at Southampton after a member of his household began to feel unwell over the weekend. He, however, took a COVID test and his results came out as negative. He later joined the rest of the squad on Friday (June 28).
Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan): After the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that three players were found to be COVID-19 positive on June 22, its update on June 23 stated that seven more have been infected, including Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan. The squad was to leave for the UK on June 28 for three Tests and as many T20 Internationals starting in August.
Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali (Pakistan): Shadab Khan, fast bowler Haris Rauf and teenage batsman Haider Ali had tested positive for COVID-19 despite showing no symptoms and would now go into self-isolation, the Pakistan Cricket Board said. The tests were being conducted on players who would be taking part for the tour of England.
Nazmul Islam (Bangladesh): Another Bangladesh left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam tested positive for coronavirus. Islam was distributing food to the lesser privileged in his hometown of Narayanganj from the beginning of the pandemic. "At the request of the people, we started the relief distribution activities again. My father's health condition started to fall and he tested positive. After the result, I sent samples of my mother and mine to the lab and the also came back positive," he told Cricbuzz.
Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh): Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the second high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus. Last week, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi had tested positive for the contagious disease. "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," Masrhafe's younger brother Morsalin Bin Mortaza said.
Nafees Iqbal (Bangladesh): Nafees Iqbal, former Bangladesh cricketer and elder brother of ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, was also tested positive for coronavirus. The Daily Star newspaper reported that Nafees himself confirmed that he has contracted the deadly virus and is currently in home isolation in Chittagong. Nafees Iqbal a right-handed opening batsman, made his debut for Bangladesh in 2003 but has been out of the national reckoning since 2006. The 34-year-old played 11 Tests and 16 ODIs for Bangladesh, scoring 518 and 309 runs respectively.
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan): Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi revealed on June 13 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus. "I've been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I've been tested and unfortunately I'm covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah," Afridi announced on Twitter. Afridi played for Pakistan between 1996 and 2018, featuring in 27 Tests (1716 runs and 48 wickets), 398 ODIs (8064 runs and 395 wickets) and 99 T20 Internationals (1416 runs and 98 wickets).
Taufeeq Umar (Pakistan): Former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar on May 24 revealed that he had been tested COVID positive but said his "symptoms are not at all severe”. "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. Umar played 44 Tests and 12 ODIs, scoring 2963 and 504 runs respectively for Pakistan. His last game for Pakistan was in 2014, a Test against New Zealand in Dubai.
Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel (Bangladesh): Bangladesh Cricket Board director Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel became the second person to contract the virus in BCB after development coach Ashiqur Rahman tested positive earlier in the month. Nadel, the chairman of the women's wing of BCB.
Ashiqur Rahman (Bangladesh): Bangladesh's development coach and former first-class cricketer Ashiqur Rahman became the first cricketer in Bangladesh to contract the deadly coronavirus disease. Rahman on May 12 revealed he has contracted the deadly virus and is currently being treated at a city hospital. "I got the report yesterday and the report says COVID-19 positive," Rahman told the 'Cricbuzz' website. "I didn't understand it at first. I thought I had a swollen tonsil. I had a sore throat at first, then slowly comes fever, then started to have chest pain and went to the doctor and did my test,'' said the former pacer, who featured in 15 first-class and 18 List A games.
Solo Nqweni (South Africa): Solo Nqweni, a first-class cricketer from South Africa, who has been battling Guillan-Barré syndrome since last July, has now tested positive for Covid-19. He spent four weeks in an induced coma last year and required the use of a machine to do the work of his lungs. “So last year I got GBS, and have been battling this disease for the past 10 months and I’m only half way through my recovery. I got TB, my liver failed and my kidney failed. Now today I tested positive for corona virus. I don’t understand why all of this is happening to me,” Nqweni tweeted.
Zafar Sarfaraz (Pakistan): Former Pakistani first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz became the first professional player in Pakistan to die after contracting the novel coronavirus. "Sarfraz was healthy and lively but some 10 days ago he developed symptoms of the coronavirus and did not survive," said a family member who spoke to AFP. Sarfraz, a middle-order batsman, played 15 first-class games in Peshawar and retired in 1994.
Majid Haq (Scotland): Former Scotland spinner Majid Haq was the first cricketer to be tested positive for the deadly virus. He took to Twitter on March 20, 2020 to announce that “Looking forward to potentially getting back home today after testing positive with Coronavirus. Staff at the RAH in Paisley have been good to me & thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of support. Insha Allah the Panther will be back to full health soon. #covid19UK.” Haq last played for Scotland in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but is still currently active in the Scottish domestic circuit.