Nepal’s national cricket team skipper Gyanendra Malla was the four individuals who have tested Corona Virus positive on Wednesday.
Gyanendra, along with other national cricketers called up for the closed-camp training scheduled to begin from Thursday, were tested for the virus on Tuesday. According to the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee, emerging cricketer Rohit Kumar Paudel and staff Pradeep Lama also tested positive.
CAN has called-up 22 players for closed-camp training and only those players testing negative will be allowed to train.
“Despite opting maximum safety measures, I have been tested Covid-19 positive. I would like to request all the individuals who have been in close contact with me in the last week to follow health protocols as directed by WHO and Ministry of Health and Population,” Gyanendra wrote on his Facebook page.
Gyanendra said he has not developed any symptoms and will now undergo self quarantine. He also requested everyone to take the virus seriously.
“No symptoms have been experienced so far and I am absolutely fit. However, to control further transmission and for my self recovery, I have self quarantined until next few days. I request everyone to take this worldwide pandemic seriously and follow the directions of health administrations,” the captain said.
Soon after Gyanendra announced about his test, his post was flooded with messages. Nepal has been experiencing an average of 2000 cases every day, while the death toll has already exceeded 1300. The country, however, is no more under strict lockdown.
Gyanendra took over from Paras Khadka after the nine-year serving national team skipper resigned in October last year. Paras, on Tuesday, was among six nominees announced by the International Cricket Council for the ICC Associate Player of the Decade.