The doctor of the Pakistan Cricket Team, Najeebullah Soomro has revealed that Pakistani batsman, Mohammad Rizwan was given a prohibited substance ahead of the semifinal clash versus Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Notably, the player complained of severe chest pain and caught an infection a day before the all-important match. He was admitted to ICU at Medeor hospital, where he was treated under the special care of a Pulmonologist Saheer Sainalabdeen.
The PCB doctor and the pulmonologist have exemplified that they were shocked to see the cricketer getting recovered within a day as any normal person would have taken a week to fully recover. Both of them have disclosed that the batter had dedicated wishes to play versus Australia serving the homeland in the important match.
Soomro, talking to Rizwan, in an interview, stated that,
“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,”
“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,” he stated.
The Pulmonologist's statements read as,
“Esophageal 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,” Saheer added.