Shoaib Malik out of New Zealand T20I series due to head injury

first_imgPakistan’s star all-rounder Shoaib Malik will play no further part in his team’s tour of New Zealand after suffering a head injury during the fourth one day internatonal in Hamilton on Tuesday.Malik suffered a concussion and missed the fifth ODI even as New Zealand whitewashed Pakistan 5-0. He will fly back to Pakistan and will miss the three-match Twenty20 international series against New Zealand starting on Monday.He was hit on the head by a Colin Munro throw while taking a run.Malik had walked out to bat in the 31st over, and as New Zealand had spinners bowling from both ends, the former Pakistan captain decided to bat without a helmet.In the very next over, he pushed a Mitchell Santner delivery and set off for a run, but was promptly refused by his partner Mohammad Hafeez.While Malik was trying to scamper back to his crease, Munro took a shot at the stumps from wide of cover. The throw ended up hitting Malik on the back of his head and the ball ricocheted off to the boundary.The Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement that the Pakistan team management including the captain, head coach, manager had held a meeting with team physiotherapist, VB Singh and Malik to discuss his participation in the T20 series.”The committee reviewed the expert advice it received from the top medical consultants in New Zealand after conducting all necessary tests of Malik has decided, after briefing the PCB to send him back from New Zealand,” the statement said.advertisement”The committee is of the opinion that it should give him chance to recuperate from the symptoms of the delayed concussion he is he currently showing,” it said. The statement said that Malik suffered a delayed concussion after being hit by a wayward throw at Hamilton.”He is showing daily signs of improvement. He has been advised to rest for a minimum of seven to 10 days. The decision was made to give him the best chance to continue aiding his prognosis and that he should return home to recover in a familiar and comfortable environment,” the statement said.The tour management has decided not to call up any replacement for Malik who has appeared in 35 tests, 261 ODIs and 92 T20 internationals for his country. Malik has been Pakistan’s leading performer in limited overs cricket in the last two years since deciding to retire from Test cricket.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more