Mohammad Rizwan was administered a prohibited substance prior to the T20 World Cup semi-final match against Australia
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan may be in serious water after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) doctor Najeebullah Soomro made a shocking revelation. He said that during last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the right-handed batter was administered a forbidden substance (UAE). Notably, Rizwan had a terrible chest illness during the competition and was even hospitalized in the ICU before the crucial semi-final versus Australia.
Surprisingly, Rizwan not only recovered in time but also played an outstanding knock-out game. He gave the Australian bowlers a run for their money, scoring 67 off 52 deliveries. Unfortunately for Pakistan, his efforts were fruitless as Australia won by five wickets. Meanwhile, Doctor Soomro has admitted that he had no choice but to inject that illegal substance into Rizwan.
He had to obtain approval from the ICC as well. “You couldn’t breathe, and I need approval from the ICC to give you that drug to help you recover.” Normally, it is illegal for athletes, but because we had no other choice, we had to get permission from the ICC to inject that medicine,” Dr. Soomro explained during an interview with Rizwan.
Saheer Sainalabdeen, a specialist pulmonologist at Medeor Hospital, treated Rizwan and was a powerful catalyst, and he was astounded by the speed with which the wicketkeeper recovered. “Rizwan was desperate to play for his country in the important knockout match.” He was strong, determined, and self-assured. I’m astounded by how quickly he recovered. His pain level at the time of admission was a ten. As a result, we subjected him to a thorough examination in order to diagnose his ailment,” he explained.
Saheer went on to say that the illness Rizwan had normally takes about a week to heal. As a result, he was not expected to compete in the semi-final. “Esophageal spasms can cause significant chest pain that lasts from a few minutes to hours.” Rizwan was suffering from a terrible infection. Recovery and regaining fitness before the semifinals appeared implausible. “Normally, it would take 5-7 days for somebody to recuperate,” Saheer continued.