Pakistan star Asif Ali left devastated after daughter, two, dies of cancer in hospital just days before Cricket World CupMay 20, 2019
PAKISTAN cricket star Asif Ali has been left utterly devastated after his two-year-old daughter died of cancer in hospital just days before the World Cup.
The batsman, 27, had earlier played at Headingley as England won the ODI series 4-0 before news of Noor Fatima's death broke.
Ali has been named in Pakistan's squad for the upcoming World Cup – hosted by England and Wales – but can be forgiven for having his mind away from the cricket pitch.
Noor Fatima had been bravely battled stage four cancer – as revealed by Ali in April.
The family took the two-year-old to America for treatment, but she finally lost her fight this weekend.
It has been announced Ali will leave Pakistan's current tour of England, with the five-match ODI series done and dusted.
His nation were set to take on Afghanistan and Bangladesh – in Bristol and Cardiff respectively – later this week ahead of the World Cup.
Pakistan will play the West Indies in their tournament opener on May 31, but Ali's place may now be in question.
Earlier on Monday, Ali was named in the squad for the World Cup – replacing Abid Ali in the final 15-man group, having been left out of the provisional squad.
Bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were also given the nod, in favour of Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
After the tragic news was announced, Ali's Pakistan Super League team – Islamabad United – paid tribute to the player on Twitter, calling him "an inspiration".
They wrote: "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."
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