The two-year-old Noor Fatima breathed her last in a hospital in the USA, where she was being treated for the past one month.
Asif Ali was travelling with the Pakistan team in England when the sad news of his daughter’s demise came in. He had played the last game, which Pakistan lost to England, scoring 22 runs.
Before leaving for England the 27-year-old Pakistani batsman had tweeted that “My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment.” He had thanked the US authorities for issuing a visa to his daughter “within an hour.”
Ali had learnt about his daughter’s illness during the fourth season of the PSL, with Islamabad United coach Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman, breaking down in tears when talking about the child´s condition.
A statement issued by Islamabad United, the team Asif plays for in the Pakistan Super League, late Sunday said: “ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif & his family. Asif is a great example of strength & courage. He is an inspiration to us.”
Ali will take a break from the tour and return home to join his bereaved family, before going back to England for the ICC World Cup where Pakistan play their first match May 31 against the West Indies.