PSL team GM shares Dean Jones’s message on how to help Asif Ali in daughter’s fight with cancer

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 25, 2020 12:14:21 pm

Dean Jones, Dean Jones in tears, Deano dies, Dean Jones PSL, Islamabad United coach Dean JonesDean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday. (File)

Former Australian batsman and popular cricket commentator Dean Jones’ passing away at a Mumbai hotel on Thursday shocked cricket fans from across countries. Social media is full of Jones images and videos doing commentary and analysis.

Following his death due to cardiac arrest, a screenshot of Deano’s conversation with the PSL team members has surfaced where the former Islamabad United coach was making effort to help team member Asif Ali in his struggle to save daughter from cancer.

General Manager of Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s franchise Islamabad United Rehan ul Haq, who had spent a lengthy spell with Dean Jones, during his three-year stint with the team shared a heartwarming screenshot, just to give us the glimpse of the personality of late Australian great.

After hearing about Deano’s untimely demise, Rehan shared the screenshot saying,” I normally wouldn’t share screenshots of any convos but I think ppl should know the kind of man #DeanJones was off the field. One of the most compassionate ppl. This he sent to me when Asif was going through a tough time, he believed in Asif & Asif delivered that season.”

In the WhatsApp conversation, Deano was saying,” I am thinking we should raise some money for Asif.. and his family…a donation from all the boys… to help him with expenses.”

Jones,59, was also seen in tears when addressing a post-match press conference in March 2019 he walked off the presser, holding back tears. Deano’s team Islamabad United’s basman Asif Ali had found out that his daughter was suffering from cancer. He had smashed 10-ball 24 to take his side to a victory. Speaking at the press conference, the head coach Jones broke down while addressing Ali’s daughter condition.

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