Mohammad Hafeez Contracts Dengue, Doubtful For T20 World Cup 2021

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez

On Wednesday former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out of the ongoing National T20 Cup. The reason behind this was dengue, Notably, after contracting dengue he is even doubtful for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021.

Mohammad Hafeez Contracts Dengue, Doubtful For T20 World Cup 2021
Mohammad Hafeez [Image-BCCI]

Veteran cricketer Mohammad Hafeez is currently under treatment at his home in Lahore and it will be interesting to see whether he becomes a fully match fit ahead of the marquee T20 World Cup 2021 or not. Notably, the World Cup is scheduled to begin on October 17.

Also one of the sources from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has told that the medical panel of the board is in contact with Hafeez and they are keeping an eye on his current health status.

Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)

A local doctor has stated: “It depends on the severity of the dengue virus that one has contracted but yes it is an illness that leaves one pretty weak and it takes around a month to regenerate platelets and make a full recovery.”

Notably, the Pakistan World Cup team is expected to leave around October 14 for United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mohammad Hafeez Complained About Food Poisoning

hafeez and sarfaraz
Hafeez and sarfaraz[photo: TV 9 bharatvarsh]

It has been reported that the veteran Pakistan batter also had complained about food poisoning during his stay at the team hotel in Rawalpindi for the first phase of the National championship. However, his condition became worse day by day and he went to Lahore where it was revealed that he has contracted dengue.

The absence of Hafeez from the Pakistan National Cricket Team will be a huge blow. As he is one of the most experienced campaigners in the team having played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 113 T20 internationals. Although, he was not in very good form still he was named to the World Cup squad due to his enormous international experience.

However, if he is unfit for the T20 World Cup 2021 Pakistan can name his replacement ahead of October 10 which is the deadline for the World Cup participants to make changes in their squads.

Other than this teams are also allowed to include some reserve players in the team at their own expense as ICC will only be footing the bill for only 15 players and eight officials from each team.

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