Asif Ali to return Pakistan following his daughter’s demise

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Pakistan batsman Asif Ali is expected to leave the tour of England following the death of his daughter, who had been having treatment for cancer in the United States.

ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif and his family".

"Asif is a great example of strength & courage".

The announcement came hours after Asif's 19-month-old daughter lost the battle against cancer in USA.

Asif 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.

Ali took part in Pakistan's 54-run defeat to England on the day his daughter died.

Amir was not selected in the preliminary squad for the World Cup due to poor form, but after the Pakistan bowling attack's drubbing in the first two England ODIs, critics pointed out Pakistan were missing Amir.

And when Joe Root and Morgan were cruising along in a stand of 117 in 19 overs England looked set for their highest ever one-day global score, let alone having to be content with the biggest recorded by any side at this famous old ground.

He didn't feature in the last four matches in the series as he was suspected to be suffering from chickenpox.

"In addition, we now know that we will encounter batting wickets throughout the World Cup campaign", Chief Selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.

"But we needed a power-hitter at number 6 or 7 and Asif has done very well for us in this England series so we need him", said Inzamam.

David Willey, with one expensive wicket as Pakistan were bowled out for 297 chasing England's 351 for nine, and Joe Denly appear the most vulnerable members of a squad who have had far too much power for Pakistan in this Royal London series.

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