Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi (Credits: Twitter)

Cricket fraternity was left in disappointment as former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to notify that he has been tested positive for coronavirus. Announcing the tragic report, Shahid Afridi said that, he has been feeling unwell since Thursday with his body aching badly.

The Pakistan legend has represented his nation in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is. He is fondly known as ‘lala’ among his teammates. He retired with 1716 runs in Tests, 8064 in ODIs and 1416 in the shortest format of the game.

Shahid Afridi, Former Cricketers, India, Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018
Shahid Afridi. (credits – AFP)

Shahid Afridi: Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah

Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to let his conditions known. He urged fans to ‘pray’ 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,” he tweeted.

Afridi had made crucial contributions to fight against the pandemic. He bought the bat put into auction by senior Bangladesh wicket keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for USD 20,000 (Rs. 15.17 lakh). Afridi bought the memorabilia for his foundation which has been doing a lot of charitable work in the past few years and is active in the pandemic situation. The entire amount will donated to Covid-19 relief work in Bangladesh.

Afridi had sent out a strong message after buying the bat kept in auction. It is also reported that Afridi had contacted Mushfiqur with the offer after fraudulent bidders had flooded the auction page. Afridi, in his message said, cricket is to bind and we must look forward for a better tomorrow.

The development about Afridi comes after former Pakistan first-class cricketer Riaz Sheikh lost his battle to Covid-19. He was 51 when he breathed his last.

Ex-Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar also revealed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and has been kept in self-isolation.