Mohammad Rizwan reveals taking ‘prohibited substance’ before T20 World Cup semis: There was no other option

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan had taken ‘prohibited substance’ before the T20 World 2021 semi-final match against Australia, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Doctor Najeebullah Soomro said. Before the game, the 29-year-old Rizwan was admitted to the hospital after he suffered from a chest infection.

After being released from the ICU, not only did Rizwan play the game, but also scored a 52-ball 67. However, his knock went in vain as the Aussies defeated Pakistan and knocked them out of the tournament.

Rizwan’s doctor, in the meantime, also said that he got permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) before injecting the cricketer with the banned substance.

“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.

Rizwan was the third-highest run-getter in the mega event with 281 runs from six games at an average of 70.25 and a strike rate of 127.72. He also scored three fifties in the tournament with a top score of an unbeaten 66. Back in 2021, he also became the first batter to score over 2000 runs in T20s in a calendar year. Along with Babar Azam, he gave nightmares to plenty of opponents.


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