PCB to revamp its medical department

Search for a new head has already begun after Chairman Mohsin Naqvi expressed dissatisfaction

May 23, 2024
PCB Headquarters in Lahore. - PCB

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking to revamp its medical and sports medicine department after the resignation of Dr. Sohail Saleem, the previous head of Pakistan’s Cricket Board medical sector.

An advertisement will be issued for the search of the head of the Department as well. Meanwhile, a committee will also be formed to select the new medical chief.

Saleem had resigned recently after the medical committee of PCB revealed loopholes in the treatment of the injury of Pakistan fast bowler Ihsanullah. This is Dr. Sohail’s second resignation from this position. He resigned in 2021 because the PCB, led by Ehsan Mani, was not satisfied with the arrangements made in PSL 6, which was hosted in Karachi and during which multiple positive Covid-19 cases arose.

According to sources, an assistant professor will be assigned the responsibilities of the department.

After Multan Sultans, a Pakistan Super League (PSL) team, decided to send Ihsanullah back to London because of inadequate medical attention. The PCB chief established a medical committee consisting Prof Rana Dilawaiz Nadeem, Dr Mumraiz Naqshband and Prof Javed Akram to determine the cause, which made the injury worse. The medical report was submitted to the PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi, according to a press release.

After a thorough examination of the case, “the committee concludes that Ihsanullah’s condition of right elbow pain was not addressed, treated and operated appropriately. There was a delay in reaching the clinical diagnoses and investigations. He did not receive a formal rehabilitation process as required by his condition,” the detailed news release continued.

A strategy is being prepared to run the medical department on modern lines since Naqvi is not happy with its performance.  

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.