Mournful Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali on Saturday left for England to sign up with his country’s World Cup squad following the funeral of his little girl, who he declared will continue to be his energy and motivation. Asif left the team’s trip of England and came back to Pakistan following the death final Sunday of 19-month-old Dua Fatima, who had been receiving cancers treatment in the US.
She was buried in the Punjab province town of Faisalabad on Thursday. “I want to remember Dua Fatima like a warrior,” tweeted 27-year-old Asif.
“She was my energy and motivation. The fragrance of her recollections is going to stay with me forever .” “I again ask for you almost all to pray for the soul of my little princess. Thanks once again for being there for me .”
Middle-order batsman Asif was not named in the preliminary squad for the World Cup but was called up after hitting 2 half-centuries in the ODI season against England, which Pakistan missing 4-0. He will be available for Pakistan’s 2nd warm-up match up against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Sunday.
Asif called on Pakistan followers to assistance the side, who open their World Cup campaign with a matchup against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday. “We as a group will be in need of your prayers and unconditional support.