Former captain Shahid Khan Afridi. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Pakistan former captain Shahid Khan Afridi has tested positive for coronavirus.

Shahid Afridi said on his Twitter account on Saturday that he was not feeling well since Thursday and then he went for coronavirus test which came back as positive. He appealed to well wisher to pray for his recovery.

Soon after Shahid Afridi shared news about his illness, he started receiving messages of ‘get well soon’ from cricketers, politicians, social activists and other people.

“Get well soon. Praying for your swift recovery!” said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on official Twitter account.

Most of the messages said Shahid Khan Afridi is a fighter and he will beat the corona soon. His followers appreciated his resolve for helping out the poor through his charity. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also telephoned Shahid Afridi and inquired after his wellbeing.

Shahid Afridi visited different parts of the country recently as part of his welfare work to distribute ration and other necessary items among the deserving people amid the coronavirus emergency. His charity work was appreciated worldwide and he got donations for his work from all parts of Pakistan and abroad. During his extensive travel and interaction with so many people, he contracted coronavirus.

It was not immediately shared whether other members of his family were tested for the virus or not. Shahid Afridi immediately quarantined himself after testing positive for coronavirus and now he is receiving treatment at home.

The 40-year-old cricketer had recently offered to work for brands, not for money or personal interest, but for exchange of ration and funds that can be used to help the poor during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have been lucky to have worked with many brands for ads/promotion. Now working first hand with the ones suffering during COVID-19, I have a proposal to all brands: I will work with brands for free personally – I just want ration and funds in return,” he had earlier tweeted.

Shahid Khan Afridi is the third cricketer from Pakistan to contract coronavirus. Earlier, former opening batsman Taufeeq Umar had contracted coronavirus. Zafar Sarfraz, former first-class cricketer, was the first cricketer in Pakistan to die from the virus.