Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfaraz has passed away after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 50-year-old had been on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Peshawar for the last three days, ESPNCricinfo reported.
Sarfraz has become the first professional cricketer to succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan.
Sarfaraz had made his debut in 1988 and he went on to score 616 runs from 15 first-class games for Peshawar.
He also managed to score 96 runs from six one-day games before retiring in 1994. He then took up the role of coaching both the senior and the Under-19 Peshawar teams in the mid-2000s.
Zafar was the brother of Pakistan international player Akhtar Sarfraz.