Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus

Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday took to Twitter to confirm that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Afridi said he had been feeling unwell since Thursday.

Afridi also sought the blessings and prayers of all for his speedy recovery. “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,” Afirdi wrote on twitter.

Afridi, one of the most charismatic allrounders of Pakistan cricket, had been travelling in parts of his country for his foundation work in recent months – distributing food stuff and other essentials for sanitisation in the wake of the pandemic.

Earlier this month, another former Pakistan international cricketer Taufeeq Umar also tested positive for coronavirus but recovered from it. At least two Pakistan first-class cricketers lost their lives due to pandemic: leg-spinner Riaz Sheikh died at his home in Karachi earlier this month. Sheikh had claimed 116 wickets in 43 matches.

Another Pakistan first-class player, Zafar Sarfaraz, passed away in Peshawar in April. He was 50.