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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday said he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“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,” Afridi, 40, wrote on Twitter.

The swashbuckling all-rounder made his debut in 1996.




He represented Pakistan in 27 Tests, 398 One-day Internationals (ODIs) and 99 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). His last match for Pakistan was the defeat by Australia in the World Twenty20 in Mohali in March 2016.

He scored 8,064 runs in ODIs, 1,716 runs in Tests and 1,416 in the shortest format of the game.

During the fag end of his career, Afridi impressed more with his bowling skills than his batting skills. He finished with 395 wickets to his name in the 50-over format in addition to taking 48 and 98 wickets in Tests and T20Is respectively.