Islamabad United’s middle-order batsman, Asif Ali has been in an unbelievable hitting form lately. In the first eliminator against Karachi Kings, Asif struck a 10-ball 24 to see his team home in a thrilling finish. However, he couldn’t replicate the same against Peshawar Zalmi in the second eliminator.
Ahead of Islamabad’s second eliminator, it was found out that Asif Ali’s daughter is critically ill as she is suffering from cancer. United’s bowling coach, Waqar Younis has lauded the professionalism of Asif who still managed to keep his focus on the game despite his daughter’s ailing condition.
"Hats off to him, it isn't easy. He's been going through this for the last year. Coming out and playing a tournament like this, it's heartbreaking, what we're hearing from the hospital and the news coming through," Waqar Younis said.
Waqar further stated that he (Asif Ali) wants to prove to the world that he is good enough and he wants to do it for his daughter. In the post-match conference, head coach Dean Jones broke down while addressing Ali’s daughter condition.
“Asif got a very sick child. We just have to be wary about this. He is a good kid,” Jones said, and he walked off from the conference, holding back tears.