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Allrounder Shahid Afridi tests positive for virus

June 13, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019 file photo, Pakistan's former cricketer Shahid Afridi attend a ceremony in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir. Pakistan's celebrated allrounder Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19. Afridi said in a tweet that his body had been aching since Thursday and he has been tested positive on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/M.D. Mughal, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019 file photo, Pakistan's former cricketer Shahid Afridi attend a ceremony in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir. Pakistan's celebrated allrounder Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19. Afridi said in a tweet that his body had been aching since Thursday and he has been tested positive on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/M.D. Mughal, File)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19.

“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,” Afridi tweeted Saturday.

The 40-year-old Afridi quit international cricket in 2017 and has since played in Twenty20 leagues around the world.

He played 27 tests, 398 one-day internationals and 99 T20 matches for Pakistan. The spinner took 7-12 in an ODI against West Indies in 2013 after smashing 76 off 55 balls in the same game.

“I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly,” he wrote. “I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah #COVID19 #pandemic #hopenotout #staysafe #stayhome”

Afridi is the third Pakistan cricketer to test positive for the virus following Taufeeq Umar and Zafar Sarfaraz.

He has most recently been playing for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League, which was suspended in March due to the outbreak.

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Former test opener Taufeeq Umar contracted the virus in May and has made a full recovery.

A former Pakistan first-class cricketer, Zafar Sarfraz, died during the coronavirus outbreak.

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