Former Pakistani cricketer dies of coronavirus

Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz became the first professional player in the country to die after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Sarfraz, a middle-order batsman, played 15 first-class games in Peshawar and retired in 1994.   -  Twitter/@TheRealPCB

Former Pakistani first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz became the first professional player in the country to die after contracting the novel coronavirus, his family confirmed Tuesday.

The 50-year-old first fell ill earlier this month and was put on a ventilator at a hospital in Peshawar after his condition deteriorated. He died late Monday.

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“Sarfraz was healthy and lively but some 10 days ago he developed symptoms of the coronavirus and did not survive,” said a family member.

Sarfraz, a middle-order batsman, played 15 first-class games in Peshawar and retired in 1994.

Pakistan has recorded more than 5,000 coronavirus cases to date and nearly 100 deaths.

A lack of testing and an underfunded health care sector, however, has raised fears the country is ill-equipped to handle a spike in cases.

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