Pakistani Cricketer Asif Ali’s daughter passed away in a hospital in the United States this Sunday. She was battling with stage-IV cancer.
The news came out just after the end of the fifth OD between Pakistan and England in which Asif scored a quick 22 runs off 17 balls.
While his young daughter was fighting with cancer, Asif was in England for the national duty, partaking in the series against England for World Cup 2019 preparations. It must have been very difficult for Asif, but throughout the series, no one could tell from his performance or presence in the field what he was going through.
The two-year-old Noor Fatima was diagnosed with stage-IV cancer during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) eliminators. On April 22, Asif announced on Twitter that she was being taken to the US for treatment.
My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment. A big shout out to @usembislamabad and @USCGLahore for issuing the visa to us within an hour. Special thanks to Mike, Elizabeth, Tanveer & @TalhaAisham Bhai. Keep my princess in your Duas!
— Asif Ali (@AasifAli2018) April 22, 2019
Noor fought against the disease for well over two months. However, she succumbed to it last night.
The social media poured in with heartfelt condolences for Asif’s loss. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his condolence message wrote: “I know the pain and anguish of losing a loved one to cancer”
I know too well the pain & anguish of losing a loved one to cancer. My heart goes out to @AasifAli2018 & his family who lost their beautiful child to this most merciless disease.May Allah grant them strength in this difficult time & may another brave cancer warrior rest in peace.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) May 19, 2019
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) May 20, 2019
Really Sad news on the passing away of @AasifAli2018 daughter . May the Almighty grant Patience to the family and surly the beautiful soul will be playing in the gardens of Paradise.
— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) May 19, 2019
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
"We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return."
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your daughter @AasifAli2018, it’s the most difficult thing a parent can face. May Allah bless her soul and give you all sabr. Ameen
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 19, 2019
Devastated to hear about Asif Ali’s daughter. At such a young age, she has lost her battle with cancer. Can’t imagine what it’s like to lose such a young child. Praying for him and his family.
Ina lilahi waina ilayhi rajioon
— Ali Khan Tareen (@aliktareen) May 19, 2019
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. Asif Ali's daughter has passed away.
Thoughts are prayers are with Asif Ali and his family. May Allah give them the strength to overcome this loss.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) May 19, 2019
Asif Ali’s daughter is undergoing treatment in USA and fighting for life while Asif continues to play for country.
This takes so much courage. Respect🙏🙏
Saw his daughter couple of times in PSL and the sight remains in my eyes and I cry.
Only parents can understand the pain.
— Nabeel Hashmi (@iNabeelHashmi) May 19, 2019
Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Asif Ali on the passing away of his daughter
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 19, 2019