- Zafar Sarfraz dies of COVID-19 at the age of 50
- He was diagnosed with Coronavirus on 7th April
The novel Coronavirus is raising havoc on the entire world, today it claimed many lives and amongst them was the life of a former Pakistani First Class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz. Sarfraz, 50 years old, is the first professional cricketer player from Pakistan who has lost his life to this pandemic. On 7th April, he was tested positive for the virus.
After he was admitted his health deteriorated and was put on the ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar for 3 days before he passed away on the 13th April late at night.
Between 1988 and 1994, Sarfraz played 15 First Class matches and then between 1990 and 1992 he played 6 List A games. The left handed batsman was also a slow left-arm spin blower and was a vital part in mentoring the cricket in Peshawar for many years. He even coached both Peshawar’s U-19 and senior side in the 2000s.
Zafar is the second casuality in his family in the past 10 months as on 10th June last year his brother, Akhtar Sarfraz, who, too, represented Pakistan on the international level in the 1990s, passed away from colon cancer.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, whose capital city is Peshawar has been one of the worst hit regions in Pakistan for COVID-19 with almost 740 cases of the 5,500 from there itself. As of 14th April’s afternoon, 96 people in Pakistan have lost their lives because of Coronavirus.