On June 13th, international cricketer Shahid Afridi released a statement on twitter letting people know he has been feeling unwell since Thursday and has tested positive for the coronavirus. Afridi is the second international cricketer to test positive for the virus in Pakistan.
In his tweet, he wrote, “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, Insha’Allah.”
Cricket fans from all over the country wished him good health and a speedy recovery. Viewers eagerly waited for a response from Indian fans and cricketers.
Gautham Gambhir, Afridi’s long-term rival made his personal comments at Salaam Cricket 2020 on hearing the news. He said, “Nobody should be infected with this virus. I have political differences with Shahid Afridi but I want him to recover as soon as possible. But more than Afridi I want every person infected in my country to get well as soon as possible.”
He further added, “I have to worry about the people in my country. Pakistan has offered to help India but they need to provide help in their own country first. They have offered to help and I am thankful for that but first, they need to eradicate the cross-border terrorism.”
The pair have had a long feud with each other which started during an ODI match in 2007 between India and Pakistan. Afridi and Gambhir are known to make remarks on each other’s international careers and often get into heated arguments over political matters.
Afridi is the second international cricketer in his country to test positive for the virus. Before him, opener Taufeeq Umar tested positive for coronavirus and has since recovered. Zafar Sarfaraz, another top cricketer in the country, lost his battle against the disease.
Pakistan has over 130,000 cases of patients with the coronavirus with an additional 50,000 who have recovered. Approximately 2,500 people have lost their lives to the disease in the country.