Australia's 1987 World Cup winner Dean Jones could not hold back his tears while speaking about Asif Ali's daughter who was diagnosed with cancer at the post match press conference. Ali plays for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and is an explosive middle-order batsman of Pakistan with a potential of scoring quick runs.
It was before the first eliminator between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings on Thursday that Asif Ali got to know about his daughter's sorry state. However, that did not deter him from taking the field on that fateful day.
Ali also starred with the bat as he helped his side get past the finish line by scoring a quick fire 10-ball 24 which included two sixes and a four. Chasing 162, Islamabad won the game with three balls to spare. Even though, Ali might not have been adjudged the Man of the Match, he has ended up winning a lot of hearts for putting his team above the rest and helping them inch closer to the trophy.
Even former fast bowling great Waqar Younis was full of praise for Ali. Younis said that it is never easy when someone goes through this phase as it requires a lot of guts to overcome it. He is very brave to have played such a gritty knock despite being well aware of the situation. Such a fantastic batting display is good for the Pakistan team as the World Cup is nearing. Younis also believes that if Ali is selected in the national side for World Cup, then he will be a very good asset for them.
Ali is also on the list of top 10 run getters in the ongoing edition of PSL. He is at the 10th position for having scored 281 runs at an average of 35.12 which includes two half-centuries in 12 matches.