Despite losing 18-year old daughter to Cancer , Pakistan hard hitting batsman is expected to return to team for World Cup and PCB has decided to give him full time to recover.
Pakistan Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has also said that Asif will return to Pakistan from a tour of England for his child’s funeral before returning ahead of the World Cup, which begins on May 30.
Asif’s daughter had been receiving cancer treatment in the United States.
“We are with Asif in this tough time. He will return to Pakistan and then go back before the warm-up matches,” Inzamam told reporters at a press conference announcing the final squad in Lahore.
“Dropping Abid Ali to make way for Asif’s selection was a very difficult decision,” Inzamam said. “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.
“He is scheduled to be back in time for our warm-up games where we intend to play our full-strength XI, but if he cannot make it back in time for those, we will wait for him whenever he does return.”