Former Pakistan batsman Taufeeq Umar has safely recovered from COVID-19 and has advised people to take the virus seriously and strengthen their immune systems.
The former opener, who is also a member of the national junior selection committee, caught the virus two weeks ago and isolated himself at his home.
On Friday, Umar said he had made a full recovery from the virus and his test has now come out negative.
“I would urge everyone to take care of themselves and take this Covid-19 seriously. Social distancing and safety measures are a must for everyone,” he said.
The 38-year-old played 44 Tests and 22 ODIs for Pakistan. He said people should not panic if they contract the virus.
“I isolated myself in a room for two weeks away from the children and elderly people in my family. I would say people should not be alarmed if they test positive. I would advise them to work on building up their immune system” he said.
At least two Pakistani first-class players have died from the coronavirus with leg-spinner Riaz Sheikh passing away in Karachi earlier this week.
Riaz Sheikh, a leg-spinner who took 116 wickets in 43 matches, died at his home and was buried in haste by his family.
Another Pakistani first-class player, Zafar Sarfaraz, 50, had died due to the virus in April in Peshawar.