Ex-first class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz dies of coronavirus

By: News Desk      Published: 11:02 AM, 14 Apr, 2020
Ex-first class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz dies of coronavirus

Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz has passed away after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 50-year-old had been on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Peshawar for the last three days, ESPNCricinfo reported. Sarfraz has become the first professional cricketer to succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan. Sarfraz had made his debut in 1988 and he went on to score 616 runs from 15 first-class games for Peshawar. He also managed to score 96 runs from six one-day games before retiring in 1994. He then took up the role of coaching both the senior and the Under-19 Peshawar teams in the mid-2000s.

Zafar was the brother of Pakistan international player Akhtar Sarfraz. Akhtar had passed away 10 months ago in the same city after a battle with colon cancer.

Peshawar has 744 of the nearly 5,500 active coronavirus cases in the country.