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Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz dies after contracting COVID-19
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Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz dies after contracting COVID-19

Ex-Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz dies after contracting coronavirus. He was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar for the last few days before expiring on Monday.

The southpaw made his debut in 1988 and amassed 616 runs in first-class cricket and accumulated 96 runs from six one-day games. He used to bowl part-time off-spin as well. 

After retiring in 1994, he pursued a career in coaching and remained involved with Under-19 Peshawar thus contributing to the sport in the region and inspiring the young generation.

Zafar's brother Akhtar Sarfraz, who represented Pakistan in four ODIs, died 10 months ago because of colon cancer. There are 800 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and almost 100 people have died due to the disease in the country.

Few patients develop complications due to COVID-19 and unfortunately, Sarfraz was one of them. The 50-year-old becomes the first first-class cricketer to die from COVID-19 in Pakistan.