PAKISTAN cricket star Asif Ali has been left totally devastated after his two-year-old daughter died of most cancers in hospital simply days earlier than the World Cup.
The batsman, 27, performed at Headingley yesterday as England received the ODI collection Four-Zero earlier than information of Noor Fatima’s loss of life broke.
Ali has been named in Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming World Cup – hosted by England and Wales – however might be forgiven for having his thoughts away from the cricket pitch.
Noor Fatima had been bravely battling stage 4 most cancers – as revealed by Ali in April.
The household took the two-year-old to America for therapy, however she lastly misplaced her struggle this weekend.
It has been introduced Ali will go away Pakistan’s present tour of England, with the five-match ODI collection accomplished and dusted.
Taking to Twitter, Ali posted a touching tribute, writing: “My daughter my angle [sic] returned to Allah final evening. Might Allah grant her jannat.
“Thanks everybody for you help, love, messages & prayers throughout this powerful time.
His nation had been set to tackle Afghanistan and Bangladesh – in Bristol and Cardiff respectively – later this week forward of the World Cup.
Pakistan will play the West Indies of their event opener on Might 31, however Ali’s place could now be in query.
Earlier on Monday, Ali was named within the squad for the World Cup – changing Abid Ali within the closing 15-man group, having been ignored of the provisional squad.
Bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz had been additionally given the nod, in favour of Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
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After the tragic news was announced, Ali’s Pakistan Super League team – Islamabad United – paid tribute to the player on Twitter, calling him “an inspiration”.
They wrote: “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.”