Ahmed Shehzad falls down after being struck by a Corey Anderson delivery. — AFP
The 22-year-old Shehzad was rushed to a hospital where CT scan revealed that he had sustained a minor skull fracture.
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad flew back to Lahore on Tuesday night after a minor skull fracture ruled him out of the remainder of the Abu Dhabi Test and the remaining two Tests.
Shehzad, who scored a career-best 176 before on the second day of the first Test at the Shaikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium on Monday, was hit on the helmet by a Corey Anderson bouncer, in the last over before lunch. As he fell beside the pitch, writhing in pain, his bat dropped on to the stumps and he was adjudged hit wicket. The 22-year-old Shehzad was rushed to a hospital where CT scan revealed that he had sustained a minor skull fracture.
"Since Shehzad had been advised not to participate in sporting activity for a minimum of three weeks, and he could take no further part in the ongoing Test match, it was considered prudent to send him back home for complete rest and recuperation," selector and team manager Moin Khan said on Tuesday, the third day of the Test.
Shehzad was examined by consultant plastic surgeon Dr. Rahul Tandon after which it was confirmed that he had a fracture of the right zygomatic arch. Shehzad though did not require active surgical intervention and he will be managed conservatively on pain killers and muscle relaxants for a week. Once home, Shehzad will remain under the observation of
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