Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali's daughter dies after battling with cancer
The 27-year-old batsman's daughter was undergoing treatment for cancer in the US.
Pakistan batsman Asif Ali is expected to leave the tour of England following the death of his daughter, who had been having treatment for cancer in the United States.
A statement issued by Islamabad United, the team Asif plays for in the Pakistan Super League, late Sunday said: "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."
Deeply saddened to hear about #AsifAli's loss. On behalf of all of us at @IsbUnited, our heartfelt condolences to Asif Ali and the whole family. May Allah give strength to the family to bear this loss. His strength and courage is indeed an inspiration to all of us. @AasifAli2018- Ali Naqvi (@AliNaqvi808) May 19, 2019
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.- Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) May 19, 2019
Earlier on Sunday, the 27-year-old Ali made 22 during Pakistan's 54-run defeat by England in the fifth and final one-day international at Headingley - a loss that saw England take the series 4-0 after the opening match was washed out.
Ali featured in every game of the series, scoring two fifties with a career best of 52 in the third ODI in Bristol.
The hard-hitting Ali has scored 342 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 31.09.
He was not included in Pakistan's preliminary squad for the World Cup in England, which starts later this month, but that would not prevent him being selected in the final 15-man squad for the tournament.
Teams have until June 23 to name their World Cup squads.
Before his departure for the limited-overs series in England, Ali had tweeted on April 24 that he was sending his daughter to the United States for treatment.
My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment. A big shout out to @usembislamabad and @USCGLahore for issuing the visa to us within an hour. Special thanks to Mike, Elizabeth, Tanveer & @TalhaAisham Bhai. Keep my princess in your Duas!- Asif Ali (@AasifAli2018) April 22, 2019
He had also requested his fans to pray for his daughter.
Ali had learnt about his daughter's illness during the fourth season of the PSL, with Islamabad United coach Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman, breaking down in tears when talking about the child's condition.
Condolences poured in as soon the team media manager confirmed that Asif Ali's daughter lost her battle with cancer.
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Allah @AasifAli2018 bhai ki beti ko jaanat naseeb farmaye aur un ki family ko sabr de. Asif bhai jesa saabir insaan maine nahi dekha. Asif bhai is mushkil waqt mai hum sub aap ke saath hein.
I know too well the pain & anguish of losing a loved one to cancer. My heart goes out to @AasifAli2018 & his family who lost their beautiful child to this most merciless disease.May Allah grant them strength in this difficult time & may another brave cancer warrior rest in peace.- Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) May 19, 2019
Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Asif Ali on the passing away of his daughter- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 19, 2019
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