Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has tested positive for coronavirus. The 45-year-old cricketer announced on Saturday on his official Twitter account that he was feeling unwell since Thursday. “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,” Afridi wrote on twitter.
Shahid Afridi has played for Pakistan between the year 1996-2018. He has represented Pakistan in 27 Tests, 398 One-day Internationals (ODIs), and 99 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Afridi started his career as an opening batsman and became an all-rounder as his career progressed. He took retirement from the international cricket in 2017.
Afridi has been raising funds for the last few months through his ‘Shahid Afridi Foundation’. The Pakistani cricketer has done many charity work as the head of the foundation named after him.
Shahid Afridi is the third Pakistani cricketer to test positive for the novel coronavirus after Taufeeq Umar and Zafar Sarfaraz. Two Pakistani first-class players have died from the coronavirus infection including leg-spinner Riaz Sheikh passing away in Karachi earlier this month. Another Pakistani first-class player, Zafar Sarfaraz, 50, died due to coronavirus in April. Pakistan has 132,405 cases of the coronavirus and 2,551 deaths so far.