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Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus after experiencing symptoms
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Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus after experiencing symptoms

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced on social media on Saturday.

The flamboyant cricketer revealed that he had been feeling symptoms of the virus since Thursday prompting him to get tested.

"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, InshaAllah," he wrote on Twitter.

Afridi has become the third cricketer in Pakistan to have a COVID-19 infection after former opening batsman Taufeeq Umar and first-class player Zafar Sarfraz with the latter succumbing to his declining health and passing away in April.

South Africa's Solo Nqweni and Scotland's Majid Haq are other individuals in the cricket community to have contracted the coronavirus.

Afridi has been at the forefront of several charitable initiatives through his namesake foundation during the ongoing health crisis as he has been observed to be visiting remote areas populated by underprivileged people and conducting relief drives.

Earlier in May, he purchased a bat auctioned by Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim in order to raise funds for virus affectees in the country.

Mushfiqur's bat, which he used to strike Bangladesh's first double ton in Test cricket, fetched a towering price of $20,000 from Afridi with the proceeds being handed out as Tk 1,500 cash incentives for each family.

Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq wished the swashbuckling all-rounder a speedy recovery during a chat with reporters ahead of the tour of England.

"My prayers are with him, all well wishes with him that he gets out of this soon," he said.

"I think he was doing a lot of work in the area of Balochistan and the northern areas just to help the people. Throughout the COVID situation, he was helping the poor, doing a very good job."

Afridi represented Pakistan in 399 ODIs, 98 T20Is and 27 Tests and played his last international game in an exhibition match between ICC World XI and West Indies in 2018.