Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali loses daughter to cancer
The batsman had learnt about his daughter's illness during the fourth season of the PSL.
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A statement issued by Islamabad United, the team Asif plays for in the Pakistan Super League, late Sunday said: "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."
ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and pray… https://t.co/84niL9D4bR— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) 1558303592000
Sports stars like Mohammad Amir, Ali Naqvi mourned the death of the cricketer's daughter.
Extremely heart broken with the news of @AasifAli2018 daughter passing away my heart and duas goes out to the famil… https://t.co/4002Vioguz— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) 1558304283000
Deeply saddened to hear about #AsifAli’s loss. On behalf of all of us at @IsbUnited, our heartfelt condolences to A… https://t.co/xQCHKCXlwC— Ali Naqvi (@AliNaqvi808) 1558306127000
Earlier on Sunday, the 27-year-old Ali made 22 during Pakistan's 54-run defeat by England in the fifth and final one-day international at Headingley -- a loss that saw England take the series 4-0 after the opening match was washed out.
Ali featured in every game of the series, scoring two fifties with a career best of 52 in the third ODI in Bristol.
My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment. A big shout out to… https://t.co/7kb86leRpH— Asif Ali (@AasifAli2018) 1555937322000
The hard-hitting Ali has scored 342 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 31.09. He was not included in Pakistan's preliminary squad for the World Cup in England, which starts later this month, but that would not prevent him being selected in the 15-man squad for the tournament.
Teams have until May 23 to name their final World Cup squads.
Before his departure for the limited-overs series in England, Ali had tweeted on April 24 that he was sending his daughter to the United States for treatment.
He had also requested his fans to pray for his daughter.
Ali had learnt about his daughter's illness during the fourth season of the PSL, with Islamabad United coach Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman, breaking down in tears when talking about the child's condition.