Pakistan batsman Asif Ali's daughter dies after battling cancer

asif-ali-afp Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali | AFP

Pakistan batsman Asif Ali's daughter who was battling cancer died at a hospital in the United States where she was undergoing treatment. Ali is expected to leave the tour of England following this tragic loss.

A statement issued by Islamabad United, the team Asif plays for in the Pakistan Super League, late Sunday said: "ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif & his family. Asif is a great example of strength & courage. He is an inspiration to us."

Earlier on Sunday, the 27-year-old Ali made 22 during Pakistan's 54-run defeat by England in the fifth and final one-day international at Headingley. Ali featured in every game of the series, scoring two fifties with a career best of 52 in the third ODI in Bristol.

Ali was not included in Pakistan's preliminary squad for the World Cup in England but that would not prevent him being selected in the 15-man squad for the tournament. Teams have until May 23 to name their final World Cup squads.

Before his departure for the limited-overs series in England, Ali had tweeted on April 24 that he was sending his daughter to the United States for treatment. He had also requested his fans to pray for his daughter. Ali had learnt about his daughter's illness during the fourth season of the PSL, with Islamabad United coach Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman, breaking down in tears when talking about the child's condition.