Karachi: Former Pakistani captain Muhammad Hafeez was barred from the ongoing T20 national championship on Wednesday after contracting dengue and has also been made in doubt for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Hafeez, who will turn 41 next month, is now on treatment at his home in Lahore and it remains to be seen whether he will be in good shape in time for the ICC mega event, which kicks off on October 17.Also Read – ECB Apologizes To Pakistan And Promises Full Tour Next Year
“It depends on the severity of the dengue virus that one has contracted, but yes it is a disease that leaves a person quite weak and it takes about a month to regenerate the platelets and make a full recovery,” said a local doctor. Also Read – Inzamam-ul-Haq Suffers Heart Attack And Undergoes Angioplasty In Hospital
A reliable source from the Pakistan Cricket Board said the council’s medical committee is in contact with Hafeez and is closely monitoring his treatment and recovery. The Pakistani team for the World Cup is expected to leave around October 14 for the World Cup. Also read – BCCI official attacks Pakistan’s ‘old habit’ of dragging India’s name
Hafeez initially complained of food poisoning while staying at the team’s hotel in Rawalpindi for the first leg of the national championship, but when his condition did not improve he recovered. traveled to Lahore where he was diagnosed with dengue fever.
Hafeez is one of the oldest players in Pakistan after Shoaib Malik having participated in 55 tests, 218 ODI and 113 international T20. His recent form hasn’t been good, but he was considered an automatic selection for the World Cup after scoring a bunch of points in late 2019 and 2020 in the T20 internationals, with the former captain now retired from testing. and ODIs.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set October 10 as the deadline for nations competing in the World Cup to change their squads announced earlier this month. Teams are also allowed to have travel reservations with them in the tournament at their own expense, as the ICC foots the bill for only 15 players and eight officials for each team.
Hafeez was recently at odds with the PCB after being asked to prematurely terminate his contract with the Guyanese franchise and return home early after the Caribbean Premier League. The former captain was not amused by the situation as he was given a deadline until September 12 to return to Lahore or risk being dropped for the World Cup.
The board had previously given NOCs to all players to play in the CPL and report for the home series against New Zealand by September 17.