Majid Haq, former Scotland spinner has become the first cricketer to test positive for COVID-19 virus. Interestingly, Haq, himself made the announcement of being found positive in COVID-19 test on his social media platform. Taking to his twitter account, the former spinner also informed that he is being treated at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the Paisley area of Glasgow.
Haq tweeted, “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. InshaAllah the Panther will be back to full health soon.”
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Haq has been one of the most consistent spinners in the Scotland team. The witty spinner made his international debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2006 and went on to play 75 limited-overs matches for Scotland – picking 88 wickets to his name in limited overs format. Haq played his last ODI against Bangladesh in Nelson during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
However, this is not the first time when a player has come under the threat of COVID- 19. Earlier, Australian pacer Kane Richardson and New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson were also under suspicion after they complained of sore throat a few days back. Both the players had tested negative eventually.
England’s opening batsman Alex Hales was also under suspicion before he himself cleared the air by stating that he just has symptoms and is yet to get tested.
The situation is getting worsen with each day, the Corona outbreak has put the world on halt. Some countries have been forced to lockdown completely while some others are trying their best to stop a possible lockdown. In last couple of weeks, the cases of COVID-19 are increasing the world over. The virus has hit 188 countries infecting over 3 lakh people and killing over 4000 lives in this duration.