Shahid Afridi tests positive for COVID-19

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 13/06/2020

Shahid Afridi tests positive for COVID-19: The former Pakistani captain himself announced the unfortunate development on Twitter.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19 as he himself took to social media platform Twitter to announce the unfortunate development.

Afridi, 40, had last played for Pakistan during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in India. Despite retiring from T20Is in 2017, Afridi continues to play in the Pakistan Super League.

Having dismissed 393 batsmen in as many ODIs at an average of 34.53, an economy rate of 4.62 and a strike rate of 44.7, Afridi is Pakistan’s third-highest wicket-taker in the format.

Afridi’s more than two-decade long international career saw him successfully transforming from a batting all-rounder to a bowling all-rounder.

The right-hand batsman held the record for scoring the fastest ODI century for 18 years when he smashed a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in his first ODI innings aged 16. As a captain, Afridi led Pakistan in 82 out of his 524 international matches. In 43 PSL matches, Afridi has picked 39 wickets at an average of 23.92 and scored 431 runs at a strike rate of 159.04.

Shahid Afridi tests positive for COVID-19

Afridi, who is widely known in Pakistan for philanthropic deeds under the Shahid Afridi Foundation post his international retirement, tweeted some half an hour ago with respect to his health.

“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,” read Afridi’s tweet.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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