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After Shahid Afridi announced that he had tested COVID-19 positive, several cricketers and fans wished him a speedy recovery on social media. On Thursday, Afridi posted a video message on Facebook to thank people for keeping him in their prayers. He also shared that his condition is improving gradually.
Ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is in his 22-year-long illustrious career, became the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus and third cricketer from Pakistan after Taufeeq Umar and Zafar Sarfaraz.
There is no need to panic about this: Shahid Afridi
Taking to Facebook, he cleared the rumours surrounding his health condition, saying that there is no need to panic and his condition is improving.
“I wanted to make this video as I have been hearing a lot about my health on social media since the past few days. First 2-3 days were really tough for me but my condition has been improving in the past few days,” Afridi said in a video message posted on Facebook.
“There is no need to panic about this. Till you yourself don’t fight a disease, you cannot beat it. These days were hard for me as well.”
I knew I would get the disease… : Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi added that he was aware that he would get in touch with the disease because he was travelling continuously for his charity work.
“I knew I would get the disease as I was travelling a lot for charity work. Thankfully, it didn’t happen in the beginning as if it had happened early, I would have been able to help people, send them essential supplies,” Afridi maintained.