Former Pakistan cricketer dies of coronavirus
Former Pakistan first-class cricketer cricketer Riaz Sheik on Tuesday turned into the second proficient player in the nation to pass away on account of suspected conronavirus, as indicated by sources.
Another former Pakistani first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz, 50, was the first professional cricketer in Pakistan who died of deadly coronavirus.
Riaz was a well-known face in first-class cricket in Pakistan. Former Pakistan national team captain Rashid Latif tweeted the sad news. On Tuesday, Latif tweeted that former Pakistan first-class cricketer Riaz had died of the coronavirus attack. He was 51 years old. From 1987 to 2005, Riaz played 43 first-class matches and 25 List A matches in Pakistan’s domestic cricket.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ ہمارے قریبی ساتھی کرکٹر ریاض شیخ خالق حقیقی سے جا ملے ۔ اللہ تعالی ان کے درجات بلند فرمائے اور آپ لوگوں سے درخواست ہے کہ انکی مغفرت کے لیئے دعا کریں آمین ۔ pic.twitter.com/xjsVFjX3zh
— Rashid Latif 🇵🇰 (@iRashidLatif68) June 2, 2020
Latif tweeted to be by the side of the family of the late cricketer. Many have expressed sympathy on social media.
However, sources asserted that Sheikh’s family buried him in a rush without waiting for the authorities to inform the main reason for his death.
“His family buried him in a haste this morning but his neighbours suspect he had contracted the COVID-19 and his family didn’t want to get involved in the process outlined by the provincial government for patients who die from the virus,”
a well-informed source said.
“Riaz (Sheikh) was a diabetic but it is suspected he fell ill because of the coronavirus and was at home.”
Earlier, former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar had also tested positive for COVID-19. He’s been recovering well from the virus after being quarantined at home.