We Had No Option – PCB Doctor Says Mohammad Rizwan Was Given Prohibited Substance During T20 World Cup

Mohammad Rizwan In ICU

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) doctor Najeebullah Soomro has revealed that the Pakistan team’s opener, Mohammad Rizwan, was given a prohibited substance while recovering during last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Rizwan had a severe chest infection and was battling in the ICU in between Pakistan’s matches in the tournament. Ahead of Pakistan’s semifinal against Australia, he was treated and the opener made a quick recovery to be available for the game.

It has now been revealed that Soomro had to request permission from the ICC to use a medicine that was prohibited for athletes as they were left with no choice considering Rizwan’s condition.

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Source: Twitter)

You were unable to breathe and I have to get permission from the ICC to inject that medicine to help you recover. Usually, it is prohibited for the athletes but since there was no other option available, we have to take permission from the ICC to inject that medicine,” Dr. Soomro said while conducting an interview with Rizwan.

“I am astonished at the pace he had recovered” – Mohammad Rizwan’s doctor

Specialist Pulmonologist at Medeor Hospital, Saheer Sainalabdeen treated Rizwan and was a strong catalyst in Rizwan’s stunning recovery. However, he was thoroughly impressed with Rizwan’s determination and resilience, even surprised at the pace of recovery.

Rizwan had a strong desire to play for his nation in the crucial knockout match. He was strong, determined, and confident. I am astonished at the pace he had recovered. His pain at the time of admission was 10/10. So, we subjected him for a detailed evaluation to diagnose the condition.”

Mohammad Rizwan
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Esophageal spasms can feel like sudden and severe chest pain that lasts for a few minutes to hours. Rizwan had a severe infection. Recovery and gaining fitness before the semifinal seemed unrealistic. It would have normally taken 5-7 days for anybody to recover,” Saheer had said at the time.

Rizwan went on to score 67 off 52 balls for Pakistan in the semifinal against Australia. Unfortunately, it ended in a losing cause as the Aussies rode on late heroics from Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis to chase the target down.

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“People Started Believing I Am Incapable Of Playing For Pakistan” : Hasan Ali On Dropping Matthew Wade’s Catch In The T20 World Cup Semi-Final

Hasan Ali

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali dropped Matthew Wade in a tense semi-final of the T20 World Cup last year in the UAE. The drop proved costly as Pakistan went onto lose that game and Australia eventually went onto win the T20 World Cup.

Heading into the semi-final Pakistan remained unbeaten and also beat India in the league stage. Everything was going for them in the tournament until that point when the drop catch cost them a place in the T20 World Cup final. Months later, Hasan Ali is now playing Lancashire in the English County Championships. In an interview with Pak Passion, the Pakistan seamer looked back on the drop catch and opened up on his thoughts on the same. He spoke about how the missed opportunity still gives him nightmares time and again.

Hasan Ali
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“That dropped catch in the semi-final against Australia did give me nightmares for a couple of nights. I was in deep shock and felt very low for letting the side down at that point and couldn’t figure out how and why I dropped that catch. Especially given that as an individual and a team we trained very hard on our fielding so it was a tough pill to swallow for me but as a professional I do know that such things can happen again, just like dropped catches have happened in the past as well,” Ali told Pakistan’s cricket website PakPassion.

Hasan Ali further spoke about how he had to cope up with the hatred of the people of Pakistan after he failed to take his team to the World Cup final.

People Started To Hate Me After The Drop Catch: Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali. Credits: Twitter

“Of course, for me it’s more painful because I feel that people have started to hate me and started believing that I am incapable of playing for Pakistan. Obviously, this would have been a different story had I held on to that catch but that is the past and no one can change that,” said Hasan.

With the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup scheduled later this year in Australia, Pakistan has a chance to win a couple of titles in T20I cricket.

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ICC To Allow One Bid For TV, Digital Rights For ICC Events – Reports

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The International Cricket Council is reportedly said to allow a single bid for media rights for the ICC events. Usually, the global body gives the deal for eight years but this time they will initiate a four-year deal.

The ICC is preparing to introduce the broadcast right for the next cycle of ICC events, every year one event – World Cup, T20 World Cup or Champions Trophy – is likely to take place.

ICC officials visited Mumbai to collect viewership data from top Indian broadcasters – Reports

According to a Cricbuzz report,  Sunil Manoharan, vice-president, of broadcast rights of the ICC, and Anurag Dahia, the chief commercial officer at the Dubai office of the world body, visited Mumbai and gave a presentation to the potential bidders of their plan.

Both the ICC officials have obtained the viewership data of a few broadcast giants like Disney + Hotstar (current broadcaster for ICC events), Sony Sports Network, Network 18 (they recently launched their channel Sports 18) and Fan Code.

Greg Barclay
ICC chairman Greg Barclay. Credits: RCB

The current value of ICC rights is approximately USD 1.9 billion for the duration of eight years but given that there will be a global competition every year, the overall value of the package is expected to double.

“They seem to be more interested in four-year deals but the bidders will be given the choice to opt for eight years too. They have their processes on how to calculate the appreciation for eight years,” an industry executive said, as reported by Cricbuzz.

ICC to allow Indian broadcasters to claim the media rights under one bid

The ICC will allow Indian broadcasters to grab the media rights for Television (TV) and Digital under one bid unlike the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) planned to sell the IPL rights for the next cycle under separate bids for TV and online streaming.

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ICC Women’s ODI World Cup 2022. Image Credits: Twitter

The process of the issue of media rights including the announcement of the tender is expected to be completed by the end of July.

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