KARACHI: Pakistan’s well-loved former cricket captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday said he had tested positive for coronavirus, as the pandemic accelerates across Pakistan.
The 40-year-old all-rounder, known for towering sixes and distinctive celebrations after taking a wicket as a bowler, revealed his illness on Twitter. “I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive,” Afridi said. “Need prayers for a speedy recovery, Inshallah (God willing),” he added.
His career, spanning1996 to 2018, took off when he smashed a 37-ball hundred in only his second one-day international, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.
The record was later broken by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson (36 ball hundred in 2014) and AB de Villiers (31 balls in 2015).
Afridi still holds the record for hitting the most sixes in one day internationals, striking 351 in 398 matches.
Since retiring from international cricket in 2018, Afridi has been active in charity work through his own foundation.
He has been providing food donations to people in remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces hit by the impact of the virus and the lockdown.