On Saturday, the former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi revealed that he has been tested positive for COVID-19 infection. The 40-year old former all-rounder took to his Twitter handle to break the news to his fans and followers saying that he has not been keeping well since Thursday and after getting tested for novel coronavirus, his results came out positive.
The former Pakistan skipper, tweeted, “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.”
Earlier last month, Afridi had stepped in to buy a bat owned by Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim after a charity auction for coronavirus victims was derailed by fake bids.
Mushfiqur put the bat he used to score the first double hundred test for Bangladesh in 2013 against Sri Lanka this week for the highest online bidder. But the auction was called off by organizers as fake offers sent the price rising over USD 50,000, Mushfiqur said.
Mushfiqur further added, “Afridi contacted me personally and I sent him a link of the bid,” the Bangladesh cricketer said in an online forum. “On May 13 he sent me a letter and offered USD 20,000. He bought my bat with this money. I am really privileged.”
Speaking of Shahid Afridi, in a career span of 20 years, he represented Pakistan in 27 Test matches, 398 One-Day Internationals (ODI), and 99 T20 Internationals (T20Is). He scored 8,064 runs in ODIs, 1,716 runs in Tests, and 1,416 in the shortest format of the game.
At the end of his career, Afridi impressed more with his bowling skills rather than the bat. He finished with 395 wickets to his name in the ODIs and adding 48 and 98 wickets in Tests and T20Is respectively.
We wish Shahid Afridi a speedy recovery