Pakistani fast bowler Usman Khan Shinwari issued a clarification on Sunday after news of his death did round. Shinwari said he is perfectly fine and revealed that he and his family got many calls after the news went viral. He also requested media houses to research properly before making such big claims.
“Me belkul thek ho Allah ka shukar hai mery pory family ko log calls kr rahy hai with due respect itni bari News chalany se pehly tasdeeq kar liya kary shukria (I am completely fine due to god’s grace. My entire family is getting calls. With due respect, I request everyone to verify the news before running it. Thanks,” tweeted Shinwari on Sunday.
Notably, there was confusion as Shinwari’s namesake, Usman Shinwari passed away during a league match between Friesland and Burger Paints at Chobli Town Cricket Ground in Lahore. In a video, the player was seen lying flat on his face after a sudden cardiac arrest. Thereafter, his teammates ran toward him to check on his well-being. He was rushed to the hospital on an immediate basis, but couldn’t be revived, after which he was buried on Sunday.
Coming to the Pakistan pacer, the 28-year-old played for the national team way back in 2019 during the home ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka. Shinwari has bagged one, 34 and 13 wickets respectively in one Test, 17 ODIs and 16 T20Is. He has three four-wicket hauls and two five-wicket hauls to his name.
Having stayed out of the national team for nearly three years, Shinwari recently played for Northern (Pakistan) in the National T20 Cup. In the tournament, he picked up nine wickets from 10 matches with the best figures of 3/26 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Rawalpindi.