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Najeebullah Soomro, the doctor of the Pakistan Cricket Team has revealed that Mohammad Rizwan was given a ‘prohibited substance’ ahead of the all-important semifinal clash versus Australia during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Rizwan’s health was a worrying sign a day before the match, however, his recovery was surprising. Not only this, but the dedicated player played a crucial role in totalling 176 for the team.
The batter was admitted to ICU after developing problems in breathing. The doctor has revealed that they did not have any intention to give them the substance, which is strictly prohibited for the athletes. However, the PCB took special permission from the ICC to inject that substance for Rizwan’s well-being.
Talking to the player, the doctor commented,
“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 wicket-keeping batsman scored 67 from 52 deliveries which went in vain after Aaron Finch and co successfully chased the target in 19 overs. While conducting an interview with the player, Soomro stated,
“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,
Any normal person would have taken a week to recover, said Pulmonologist on Mohammad Rizwan’s recovery
At Medeor hospital, the specialist Pulmonologist Saheer Sainalabdeen treated Rizwan. He revealed that the cricketer’s recovery was astonishing as any person, going through the same, would have taken a week to recover. He disclosed Rizwan had a steadfast desire to play versus Australia in the T20 World Cup semifinal, and he did so.
“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.
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