Pakistan’s experienced middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik sustained a freakish head injury during the one-day series against New Zealand. The 35-year old is set to return home for further examination and will miss the upcoming T20 series that will begin on 22nd January. Malik was hit on the head by a throw from New Zealand fielder Colin Munro as the batsman trying to take a quick single. He could take part in the remaining two games of the one-day series as Pakistan suffered a whitewash at the hands of Kiwis.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the management including the head coach and medical staff had a long discussion over Malik’s participation for the remainder of the tour. The decision was made in consent with medical experts to make sure Malik goes through a further assessment on his injury in New Zealand. After examination, PCB felt that it was better Malik goes back to Pakistan in order to recover from the injury.
The statement released by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated that team management and medical experts felt that it is suitable for Shoaib Malik to go back to Pakistan and recuperate from a head injury sustained the third-one-day game played against New Zealand. Malik suffered a concussion after being struck on the head and was advised to take adequate rest of two weeks. The concerned authorities felt that decision was made to give Shoaib ample time to get back to full recovery and be available for the national side.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not name a probable replacement for Shoaib Malik for the rest of the games. It will be a setback of sorts for Pakistan as Shoaib Malik has been a regular fixture in the side for the past two years. He has leading runs-scorer for green shirts in one-day cricket since taking from Test cricket in 2015.