Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Rizwan made the headlines for taking a ‘prohibited substance’ just before the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final clash against Australia. Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Doctor Najeebullah Soomro confirmed the news.
The 29-year-old cricketer was hospitalized after he suffered from a chest infection. The cricketer was given treatment and upon being released from the Intensive Care Unit, he went on to play a game for his country against Pakistan.
He showcased his mettle with the bat as he scored 67 off 52 balls. Nevertheless, he ended up on the losing side as Australia knocked Pakistan out of the tournament. Meanwhile, the cricketer’s doctor, added that he got permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The doctor injected him with the banned substance after he was given approval.
Mohammad Rizwan’s doctor had to get permission from the ICC to inject the medicine
Meanwhile, Rizwan’s doctor, during an interview with Rizwan added that the latter was unable to breathe. As a result, the doctor had to get permission from ICC to inject that particular medicine. Fortunately, the medicine helped him recover.
The doctor identified as Soomro further added that the substance is actually prohibited for the athletes. However, there was no other option available. Hence, they had to take permission from the apex cricket body to inject that medicine.
“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 was quoted as saying during an interview with Rizwan.