Rashid Khan, premier Afghanistan spinner's father died on Sunday. The 20-year-old Rashid took to Twitter to inform about the same. He tweeted, "Today I lost the most important person in my life, father-the everlasting. Now I know why you always asked me to be strong, because you knew that today I would need the strength to bear your loss.Will be always in my I miss you." Following the news, Rashid received condolence messages from the cricket fraternity with his national teammate Mohammad Nabi saying, "I would like to express my deep condolences to Rashid Khan and his family."
Today I lost the most important person in my life,father-the everlasting candle.Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) December 30, 2018
Now I know why u always asked me to be strong,bcz u knew that today I would need the strength to bear your loss.Will be always in myI miss u #plztalktomeOnce pic.twitter.com/BGIHaqKVbx
With deep sorrow I have been informed that Afghanistan National Cricket team player and my dear friend, Rashid khan's father passed away. I would like to express my deep condolences to Rashid khan and his family. May Allah award his father the Jannah.@rashidkhan_19 pic.twitter.com/il3mfYt1Av— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) December 30, 2018
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones also extended his condolence to Rashid and said, "@rashidkhan_19 I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Dad.... safe travels ... stay strong my friend. Condolences to the family."
@rashidkhan_19 I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Dad.... safe travels ... stay strong my friend. Condolences to the family.— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) December 30, 2018
Team India cricketer Yusuf Pathan, the official Twitter handle of Sussex cricket were among the others who extended their condolences.
Just learnt about the passing away of @rashidkhan_19 's father. (Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un) I am deeply saddened to hear the devastating news. Sending my heartfelt condolences to Rashid and his family at this very tough time.— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) December 30, 2018
We're very sorry for your loss, Rashid. The whole Strikers family is here for you— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) December 30, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Rashid. Everyone at Sussex is thinking of you at this sad time.— Sussex Cricket (@SussexCCC) December 30, 2018
Rashid, who has proved his mettle in international cricket as a spinner, has played a single Test, 52 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 35 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for his national team.
Earlier on Saturday, Ruth Strauss, whose cancer diagnosis prompted her husband Andrew Strauss to step down from his role as England's director of cricket, died, her family announced in a statement on Saturday.
The statement said Ruth had died aged 46 of the rare form of lung cancer she suffered from in her home country of Australia.
(With AFP inputs)