Pakistan’s victory over West Indies overshadowed by Ahmed Shehzad incident

Published 04/01/2017, 4:06 AM EDT
Shehzad collides the pitch

The Pakistan cricket team snatched a 2-0 lead over the West Indies following their victory in Port of Spain. They are currently playing a 4-match T20 series with the Windies. They won the first T20 match which was held in Barbados, by 6 wickets. During the second match in Port of Spain, Pakistan set a target of 133 and were able to restrict their opponents to 129 for the loss of 8 wickets. Shadab Khan took 4 wickets for 14 runs including that of Marlon Samuels who departed for just 44 runs. But an incident involving Ahmed Shehzad was the talk of the town.

Shehzad is taken away in an ambulance following his collision

During the last ball of the fourth over, Shehzad tried to stop a single from Marlon Samuels off a Sohail Tanvir delivery and Shehzad collided heavily with the second batsman Chadwick Walton. Shehzad’s neck struck Walton’s pad and he fell to the ground. He had to be taken away in an ambulance. Pakistan’s physiotherapist Shane Hayes said that the player showed signs of a concussion and reported a pain in the neck. But to the surprise of all,Shehzad was back on the field seemingly in full health.

‘Ahmed returned from hospital after imaging found nothing wrong with his spine.’ said Hayes. Meanwhile, former Pakistan national player Faisal Iqbal was unimpressed by Shehzad’s ‘theatrics’. Iqbal took to Twitter to comment on the bizarre scene of Shehzad running on the pitch without showing any ill effects, despite the sickening collision. Iqbal tweeted that Shehzad ‘deserved an Oscar for excellent acting on the pitch’



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