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.
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 #COVID19 #pandemic #hopenotout #staysafe #stayhome
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 13, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Get well soon, Lala. Prayers for your speedy recovery. Allah aap ko sehat de. Ameen.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 13, 2020
In shaa Allah you will be fine soon Ameen.prayers are for your long healthy life.Get well soon
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) June 13, 2020
Wish you speedy recovery Lala,get well soon …
— Sohail Tanveer (@sohailmalik614) June 13, 2020
Get well soon.
— Javeria Siddique (@javerias) June 13, 2020
Get well soon.
— Usama Qureshi (@UsamaQureshy) June 13, 2020
Prayers to Shahid bhai. May Allah bless you. Love from Kashmir.
— Muhammad Faysal 🕊️ (@_Faysal) June 13, 2020
Lala prayers for you always. Stay blessed & recover quickly.
— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) June 13, 2020
Get well soon brother
— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) June 13, 2020
Shahid Afridi has done so much for those in need. He’s travelled all over Pakistan recently to help so many people. Best wishes to him in his recovery from Covid-19 https://t.co/h8byfX1OhV
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 13, 2020
Shahid Afridi, Pakistan Cricket team’s former captain, has been tested positive for COVID19. Afridi was actively participating in relief activities since lockdown was announced. Prayers for his speedy recovery.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) June 13, 2020
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