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Pak vs Aus semifinal: Mohammad Rizwan’s recovery was unrealistic, say doctors

Pak vs Aus semifinal: Mohammad Rizwan's recovery was unrealistic, say doctors

Najeebullah Soomro, the doctor of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has disclosed that Mohammad Rizwan was given a prohibited substance before the semifinal clash versus Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The batter complained of severe chest pain and was admitted to ICU for developing a chest infection. He was treated by the specialist pulmonologist Saheer Sainalabdeen at Medeor hospital.

The doctor says they had no option but to inject that prohibited substance for his recovery. Before injecting, the PCB took permission from the International Cricket Council since the substance is not allowed for the athletes in any condition.

Soomro has revealed that the player, despite struggling with health, had intense desires to play for the nation. He is yet astonished to see Rizwan’s recovery back then at such a quick pace as the player fully participated in Pak vs Aus match the next day. Rizwan played a crucial knock of 67 off 52 balls.

Rizwan had a strong desire to play for his nation in the crucial knockout match. He was strong, determined, and confident. I am astonished at the pace he had recovered. His pain at the time of admission was 10/10. So, we subjected him to a detailed evaluation to diagnose the condition,

Talking to Rizwan in an interview, the doctor stated,

“You were unable to breathe and I have to get permission from the ICC to inject that medicine to help you recover. Usually, it is prohibited for the athletes but since there was no other option available, we have to take permission from the ICC to inject that medicine,”

The pulmonologist was equally surprised to see Rizwan’s quick and unrealistic recovery. He told that any person would have taken a week to recover from what Rizwan was going through.

Oesophagal spasms can feel like sudden and severe chest pain that lasts for a few minutes to hours. Rizwan had a severe infection. Recovery and gaining fitness before the semifinal seemed unrealistic. It would have normally taken 5-7 days for anybody to recover,” 

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