Pakistan hits ‘normal’ Shan Masood after hit to the head


Pakistan’s first-order batsman Shan Masood, who took a hit to the head during a practice session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here ahead of their T20 World Cup opener against India on Sunday, is “normal” and his CT scan revealed superficial bruising.

The latest update from the PCB team in Australia is that Masood’s neurological observations are normal. “The CT scan revealed a superficial bruise in the area where he was hit, but he is currently asymptomatic. The batsman will undergo a new concussion test on Saturday,” the PCB said in a statement on Friday. In a freak incident, the left-hander suffered a blow to the right side of the head due to a missed throw from Mohammad Nawaz’s bat while playing against a spinner.

The 33-year-old was wearing protectors but not a helmet as he waited for his turn to bat. Masood fell to the ground and looked up in pain. He was soon treated by the team doctor and then rushed to the hospital. It remains to be seen if Masood will be fit for Pakistan’s T20 World Cup opener. They have another left-handed batsman, Fakhar Zaman, on the team to replace him.

Masood, who made his T20I debut in their home series against England in September this year, has played all seven T20Is and hit two half-centuries. But he struggled in the recent tri-series against New Zealand and Bangladesh.


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