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Asif Ali to play in World Cup despite death of his daughter

Pakistan batsman Asif Ali will feature in World Cup despite the death of his 18-month-old daughter.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Asif would return to Pakistan from a tour of England for his child's funeral before returning ahead of the World Cup, which begins on May 30.

Asif’s daughter had been receiving cancer treatment in the United States.

"We are with Asif in this tough time. He will return to Pakistan and then go back before the warm-up matches," Inzamam told reporters at a press conference announcing the final squad in Lahore.

"Dropping Abid Ali [to make way for Asif's selection] was a very difficult decision," Inzamam said. "But we needed a power-hitter at number 6 or 7 and Asif has done very well for us in this England series so we need him.

"He is scheduled to be back in time for our warm-up games where we intend to play our full-strength XI, but if he cannot make it back in time for those, we will wait for him whenever he does return."