Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has tested positive for the Covid-19 pandemic. Afridi, in a tweet, revealed that he has been feeling unwell since Thursday.
Afridi, who made his debut for Pakistan back in 1996, played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is. He started his career as an opening batsman, developed into an all-rounder as his career progressed. He scored 1716, 8064 and 1416 runs in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively.
His more than handy leg-spin bowling earned him 48 wickets in Tests, 395 in ODIs and 98 in T20Is. Afridi also led the Pakistan side in the 2011 ODI World Cup in which they were beaten in the semi-final by eventual champions India.
Afridi held the record for scoring the fastest ODI century for a long time before New Zealand’s Corey Anderson broke it in 2014. The record for the fastest ODI hundred currently stands with South Africa’s AB de Villiers who had scored a 31-ball hundred against West Indies in 2015.
“I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been test and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi tweeted.
The Pakistan all-rounder is the third Pakistan cricketer to test positive for the novel virus after Taufeeq Umar and Zafar Sarfaraz. However, has recovered from coronavirus after going into a 14-day self-isolation at home. The former Pakistan open tested positive last month. His second test after 14 days negative in the first week of June.
Scotland’s Majid Haq and South Africa’s Solo Nqweni are the other cricketers to have contracted the virus.
Afridi has been doing social work during the Covid-19 pandemic via ‘Shahid Afridi Foundation’. He also asked Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh to tweet videos urging people to donate to his foundation.
The 40-year-old faced flak for his comments on India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). Yuvraj, Harbhajan slammed Afridi for his derogatory comments.