Former Pakistan opener contracts coronavirus
Former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar has been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 positive. Consequently, he becomes the first prominent cricketer to fall victim to the Covid-19 lethal contamination.
Although the cricketers kept themselves isolated, from the deadly virus, until the reports of Umar testing positive came into first time. The former Pakistani batsman is now in self-isolation at his residence. Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed his isolation report.
The former batsman is known for the critical group stage clash between India and Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup at Centurion in South Africa. He opened the batting with Saeed Anwar in that match.
He had been an integral part of Pakistan’s top order in the early 2000s. He had extraordinary skills of facing the new ball with the likes Salman Butt and Imran Nazir.
The former batsman was even part of the famous Mohali Test of 2005. In that test, Pakistan saved the game against India by batting out for the last couple of days of the match.
Umar made his sensational debut against Bangladesh in 2001, where he smashed 104 runs. Umar scored 2963 runs in 44 Test matches and 504 in 22 ODIs before he went out of favor due to lack of form and fitness.
Although, Umar did make a comeback in a Test match against New Zealand in 2014. And that was his last appearance for the country in the national side.
For playing in the now-disbanded Masters’ Champions League, Umar retired his international cricket in 2016. He played last first-class game was in 2018, where he represented Sui Northern region. Umar then retired from all forms in the game back in October, the same year, in which he completed 10,000 runs in domestic cricket career.