Shahid Afridi, the former All-rounder player and captain of the Pakistani cricket team said today that he has been tested psotive for the COVID-19.
With this, Afridi is now the 2nd international cricketer who hails from Pakistan to have been tested positive for coronavirus. The first one was Taufeeq Umar who was tested positive for virus last month.
Afridi announced the news on his Twitter account, “Since Thursday, I had been feeling unwell as my body was aching really badly. Unfortunately, I have been tested and now am COVID-19 positive. I need Prayers of everyone for a speedy recovery. InshaAllah.”
Afridi played as a member of Pakistan cricket team from year 1998 till year 2018 where he featured in 27 Test matches along with 99 T20 Internationals and 398 ODIs.
So far, Pakistan has 132000+ cases of COVID-19 along with 2551 deaths. Over the last few weeks, the country saw a rapid increase in the COVID-19 cases.
Majid Haq of Scotland and Solo Nqweni of South Africa are among the cricketers who have bene tested positive for coronavirus.
Since the outbreak’s first few weeks, Afridi has been heavily involved in doing relief work across Pakistan. He was also in many controversies earlier last month following his remarks on Narendra Modi; India’s first Prime Minister and the issue of Kashmir.
Gautum Gambhir, following remarks of Afridi, criticized Afridi on his Twitter account. Many of the current and former Indian cricketers have also spoken against the comments of former Pakistani cricket team captain.
In other news, the International cricket is still at a standstill as a result of the ongoing coronavirus induced lockdown. PSL (Pakistan Super League) in Pakistan gad to be suspended before the knock-out stages. Still, there is news that International cricket is soon going to resume from next month as West Indies will start playing in the 3-match Test Series, playing against England.