Explosive power hitter Asif Ali was inducted into the final Pakistan squad for the World Cup after a string of impressive performances against England in the 5-match series. However, the 27-year-old was recently struck by personal tragedy as he lost his beloved daughter to stage IV cancer.
Despite being grief-stricken by the tragic loss of life, Asif returned to the Pakistan squad in time for the warm-up games ahead of the start of the World Cup. He was left out of the first game against West Indies, before being selected for the clash against hosts England.
Asif’s genuine dedication to the game and his love for the country was hence widely praised for showing great sportsmanship in the face of tough times. Popular actress Veena Malik also tweeted her admiration for Asif’s professional attitude and wished him well for the future.