Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has tested positive for Covid-19. Afridi, 40, revealed on Twitter that he had been experiencing severe bodyache for a few days, and that the tests had come out positive.
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
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, Afridi has travelled extensively to remote parts of the country to provide essentials to the underprivileged as part of his charity, the Shahid Afridi Foundation. Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were broadly the areas of focus for his relief work, and that involved delivering ration from house to house. During the work, Afridi came in close contact with the beneficiaries, who often showed their gratitude by hugging and kissing the former allrounder.
Afridi had earlier also bought the bat put up for auction by Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim, to raise funds in the fight against the pandemic.
Afridi became the third cricketer from Pakistan, and the second international after former opener Taufeeq Umar, to have contracted the virus. Zafar Sarfraz, the former first-class cricketer who died of the disease, was the first.
Afridi, who quit international cricket in 2017, continues to ply his trade in domestic T20 leagues.