Pakistan batsman Asif Ali’s daughter breathed her last at a hospital in the United States after losing her battle with stage IV cancer. Ali’s daughter was just two years old and was shifted to the United States for treatment last month. As soon as the heartbreaking news came out, condolences poured in from all corners as the world stood beside Asif in this gut wrenching moment.
Pakistan Cricket Team Media Manager confirmed that the little princes (Asif Ali’s daughter) lost her battle with cancer. Pakistan’s star spinner Shadab Khan took to his Twitter handle to condole the sad demise. Giving support to his teammate in the extremely tough time, Shadab tweeted:
انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
Allah @AasifAli2018 bhai ki beti ko jaanat naseeb farmaye aur un ki family ko sabr de. Asif bhai jesa saabir insaan maine nahi dekha. Asif bhai is mushkil waqt mai hum sub aap ke saath hein.
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) May 19, 2019
Asif, who recently played in the five-match ODI series against England, had revealed the news about her daughter’s illness before leaving for UK.
“My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment. A big shout out to @usembislamabad and @USCGLahore for issuing the visa to us within an hour. Special thanks to Mike, Elizabeth, Tanveer & @TalhaAisham Bhai. Keep my princess in your Duas!,” Ali had written.
My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment. A big shout out to @usembislamabad and @USCGLahore for issuing the visa to us within an hour. Special thanks to Mike, Elizabeth, Tanveer & @TalhaAisham Bhai. Keep my princess in your Duas!
— Asif Ali (@AasifAli2018) April 22, 2019
Ali had learnt about his daughter’s illness during the fourth season of the PSL. Islamabad United, Ali’s PSL team, also paid their condolences, writing:
“ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif & his family. Asif is a great example of strength & courage. He is an inspiration to us.”
Meanwhile, Asif is likely to leave the team soon to be with his family. Even on Sunday just moments before his daughter’s demise, Asif had played in the fifth and final ODI against England. He made 22 during Pakistan’s 54-run defeat as the Men in Green lost the five-match series 4-0 after the opening match was washed out.
Asif featured in every game of the series, scoring two fifties with a career best of 52 in the third ODI in Bristol. The right-handed batsman was not named in Pakistan’s preliminary squad for the World Cup but is likely to get a chance for the mega-event.