PCB constitutes medical board to investigate handling of Ihsanullah's injury

The pacer is currently in Manchester, England to undergo treatment for elbow injury

By Web Desk
April 21, 2024
Ihsanullah has only played five international matches for Pakistan so far. — PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi confirmed that they will investigate whether the previous board mishandled Ihsanullah’s injury or not.

The 21-year-old flew to England earlier this month to undergo treatment for his elbow injury by a renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Professor Adam Watts, after which the decision on whether there is a need for surgery or not will be made.

"The PCB has decided to constitute an independent medical board to analyse if Ihsanullah’s medical case was handled properly by the board's medical support team," Naqvi said in a statement issued on his official X, formerly Twitter, account.

The medical board comprising Dr Javed Akram, Dr Rana Dilawaiz and Dr Mumraiz Naqshband will also recommend the future course of action for the pacer's proper medical treatment, the statement added.

The Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi posted on his X account.

With Ihsanullah undergoing treatment for the same injury once again, questions were raised regarding the way the PCB's treatment of the pacer’s injury even after it was initially misdiagnosed, as reported by ESPN Cricinfo earlier.

However, PCB’s medical department head Dr Sohail Saleem confirmed that there was no mishandling in Ihsanullah’s case.

"There was no mishandling in this case," Dr Saleem told ESPNcricinfo. "I'll admit there was a delay [in the initial diagnosis], but no mishandling.

"I said I wanted to get fresh tests conducted because I suspected it was more than just workload syndrome. It was diagnosed as such by the doctor who was previously here at the PCB, and not my team. A lab that gave us an MRI scan gave us an incorrect prognosis. I ordered the same scan again, and we picked the fracture up."

It is worth mentioning that right before the commencement of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9, Ihsanullah was training with Multan Sultans and in an interview with Geo News, confirmed that he was bowling at full pace.

“The rehabilitation after the elbow surgery went great, I have been bowling for the past 15 days,” Ihsanullah had said. “I’m feeling way better than before, I tried to swing the ball with full pace during the practice sessions, and I was able to do it accurately."