Pakistan’s opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad has been diagnosed with a minor skull fracture after being hit on the helmet by a Corey Anderson bouncer during the second day of ongoing first Test match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan’s chief of selectors Moin Khan has confirmed that Shehzad needs 4-6 weeks rest and it is likely that Shehzad will return home from UAE. He will be replaced by either Taufeeq Umar or Shan Masood in the playing XI.
This incident happened when he was batting well on 176 and it was Corey Anderson who was bowling with the wicket keeper standing upfront. All the batsmen would have had a bouncer as the last choice. Anderson bowled a bouncer which Shehzad tried to pull, completely missed as the ball hit his helmet and straight away he fell to the ground dropping the bat onto the stumps which resulted in the bails getting dislodged. Shehzad was dismissed hit-wicket and taken off the field by the Pakistani medical staffs. Initially, it was understood that the injury was serious as Shehzad left the ground to a nearby hospital. When he was seen in the Pakistan dressing room when they were bowling, it is understood that the injury is minor.
When the scan reports were revealed earlier today, it was known that Shahzad had diagnosed a minor skull fracture which keeps him out of the ongoing series. Shehzad batted well to get to his highest test score of 176 before getting out in the most unlucky fashion.
Anderson said “The wicket was the first I saw and you celebrate – we’d been out there a long time and wickets were hard to come by – but his health was the next concern. I heard he came back to the ground, which is pleasing, you never want to see anyone get hurt. I’ve seen plenty of people in that position before and it’s not a nice feeling. Credit to him, it was an unbelievable innings.”