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First cricketer from Pakistan loses life to COVID-19

Web Desk 10:46 PM | 15 Apr, 2020
First cricketer from Pakistan loses life to COVID-19

PESHAWAR – A former Pakistan first-class cricketer turned coach has succumbed to COVID-19, the country’s cricket board confirmed yesterday.

Zafar Sarfraz, 50, was diagnosed with the virus infection a week ago. He had been on a ventilator for the past three days at Peshawar’ Lady Reading Hospital.

Later, the 50-year-old former cricketer’s condition deteriorated and he was transferred to the ventilator. After being on the ventilator for three days, Zafar Sarfraz’s nature could not be restored and he died.

Born in 1969, Zafar Sarfaraz was a left-handed batsman and Orthodox bowler of the Slow Lift Arm. He played First Class from 1988 to 1994 and List A from 1990 to 1992. Zafar Sarfraz played 15 FC games for Peshawar.

The Peshawar cricketer made his first-class debut back in 1988, and scored 616 runs in the 15 games he featured in.

The left-handed middle-order batsman also featured in six one-day games, before calling it quits in 1994 and concentrating on his coaching career. Sarfraz then coached the Under 19 team of Peshawar during the mid-2000s.

Zafar was the elder brother of the national cricket team player Akhtar Sarfraz, who represented the country at the biggest stage during the late 90s (between December 1997 to October 1998). Zafar’s brother lost his life ten months back, after battling colon cancer.

Since March, Pakistan has been recording a rise in COVID-19 cases, almost 6000 cases, 5500 of them being active. The country has reported as many as 113 deaths so far.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220

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