Asif Ali intends to take his place in Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup despite the death of his daughter on Sunday.

Asif will first fly out to the United States for the funeral of his 19-month-old daughter, who died following a battle with cancer.

Pakistan Prime Minister and former all-rounder Imran Khan paid his respects, writing on Twitter: ‘My condolences and prayers go to Asif Ali and his family on the passing of his daughter from cancer. May Allah give them strength to bear such a precious loss.’

Asif contributed two half-centuries in the 4-0 one-day series defeat by England which concluded at Headingley on Sunday.

The batsman, along with left-arm pace men Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, have replaced Abid Ali, Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf in Pakistan’s 15-man group.

Amir, who missed the last World Cup while serving a ban for spot-fixing, was left out of the initial squad after suffering a big dip in ODI form.

He revealed in April that 19-month-old Noor Fatima was battling against stage four cancer and had been receiving treatment in America, but has now passed away.

The cricketer took to Twitter to pay tribute to her, saying: ‘My daughter my angle [sic] returned to Allah last night. May Allah grant her jannat. Thanks everyone for you support, love, messages & prayers during this tough time.’

A host of figures from the cricketing world, including prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who captained his country’s 1992 World Cup winning team, paid tribute to Ali and his daughter after the news was confirmed.

Team-mate Mohammad Amir wrote: ‘Extremely heart broken with the news of Ali’s daughter passing away my heart and duas goes out to the family may Allah pak grant them all with sabar.


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