Asif Ali Credits Family For Motivating Him To Play World Cup After Daughter’s Death

Bristol: Pakistan middle-order batsman has given credit to his family for convincing him to play after the death of his daughter last month.

The power-hitter had to leave England after the completion of 5-match one day series with England when he came to know about the death of his 2-year-old daughter who was suffering from Stage-iv cancer and was being treated in a hospital in America.

Asif, who was not in a preliminary World cup squad forced selectors to pick him in final squad with 2 quick half-centuries against England in recent 5-match ODI series.

Asif said his wife and family helped him deal with his daughter’s illness.

“I was informed of my daughter’s health during the Pakistan Super League in February,” Asif said.

“It was shocking and heart-breaking but my family stood by me in those difficult times and they eased it by convincing me that I should play for the country and they will take care of her.

“They told me ‘don’t waste a chance of playing for the country’ because only lucky ones get that chance. Whatever Allah did, it was for her betterment.”

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