Coronavirus in Pakistan: Former Pakistani First Class Cricketer Passes Away
Zafar Sarfaraz played first-class cricket from 1988 to 1994 and he is perhaps the only sportsperson in Pakistan to have succumbed to the virus
Pakistan, like the rest of the world, is doing its best to combat the impact of the coronavirus with the numbers increasing steadily. According to the latest reports, there are over 5000 cases in Pakistan with 96 deaths and over 1300 recoveries.
Now, reports emerging from the country state that Zafar Sarfaraz, former first class cricketer who played from 1988 to 1994 and List A cricket from 1990 to 1992, has become one of the more famous personalities to have succumed to the virus. A Gulf News report states that the 50-year-old cricketer had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for three days after getting the symptoms. He had been on ventilator of a private hospital in Peshawar, the Lady Reading Hospital.
Sad News: Zafar Sarfaraz the elder brother of Pakistan Ex Cricketer Akhtar Sarfaraz (late) died today in Peshawar due to Corona Virus .
RIP. pic.twitter.com/vhv529kwXk— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) April 13, 2020
Zafar was a left handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler who had made 616 runs from 15 first class games for Peshawar. He retired in 1994 and then went on to coach budding cricketers in the mid-2000s. His brother was the late international cricketer Akthar Sarfaraz who had passed way due to colon cancer.
Zafar is one of the few sportspersons in Pakistan to have succumbed to the diseases that has spread over 1 million across the world. Recently, the great squash player Azam Khan died of novel coronavirus at the age of 95.