CHENNAI: Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan hit his head on the ground during the first over of the second innings in the 26th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 against South Africa at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India, on Friday.
The 24-year-old was taken to the local hospital during the match for a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan to find out the extent of his injury.
Upon examination, it was found that the initial reports of the test were clear and the all-rounder was feeling better.
However, it will be decided by Pakistan’s medical team whether Shadab is fit enough to play in the next match or not.
It must be noted that Usama Mir was brought in as a concussion substitute in place of the 24-year-old as he was unable to field or bowl after suffering a concussion.
Shadab got injured as he landed awkwardly on his shoulder, hitting his head on the ground, after he moved towards the ball and hurled it towards the stumps from mid-on.
Earlier, South Africa defeated Pakistan by one wicket after a nail-biter that and recorded their fifth win in the tournament, going to the top of the World Cup points table with 10 points and a handsome net run rate (NRR) of 2.032.
That was Pakistan’s fourth consecutive defeat in this mega event — the first time they lost four matches in a single edition of the World Cup.
Pakistan’s chances to qualify for the semi-final of the event have now become a matter of “ifs and buts” because even if the Green Shirts win their remaining three matches — against Bangladesh, New Zealand and England — they would have to rely on other teams' results, which seems nearly impossible.
Pakistan’s remaining ICC World Cup 2023 matches
October 31 - vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
November 4 - vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)
November 11 - vs England in Kolkata