Pakistan news December 8, 2012

Pakistan's visually impaired captain in mishap at team hotel

ESPNcricinfo staff

The captain of Pakistan's visually challenged cricket team, Zeshan Abbasi, who is in Bangalore to play the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup, was hospitalised on Saturday after accidentally drinking phenyl at the team hotel. He was discharged later in the day, and was 'absolutely fine' according to the doctors.

Abbasi had sipped the contents of a plastic bottle left on the table during breakfast, mistaking it for mineral water. He was taken to hospital, where was treated and kept under observation before being discharged a few hours later.

"Abbasi was discharged at 4.30pm. He is absolutely fine", the president of the hospital, Dr Shetty, was quoted as saying by PTI. He said Abbasi had had an endoscopy and all the results were normal.

Pakistan team manager Sultan Shah said the hotel had apologised for the incident, but they wanted it probed further. "We want to know from the hotel management, who have orally apologised to us, how such an incident happened and who is responsible for such negligence," Shah said. "It has to be ensured that such incidents do not recur. Otherwise, we are happy with the arrangements here."

SP Nagesh, the president of the All Indian Cricket Association, also called for an investigation: "[The hotel must] tell us how such a lapse occurred. We are awaiting their reply."

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  • Muhammad on December 10, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    well wutever it is we should not play the blame game.. If its a mistake, its deafeningly done by a one person not by country ..

  • Laki on December 9, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    what a shocking incident. This guy reaches the top of his sport despite his disability, and someone tries to poison him. It seems much needs to be learnt about sportsmanship. I wish Zeshan a speedy recovery and look forward to him return to play for Pakistan once again.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    The question is , what was an acid bottle doing at breakfast table? he didn't pick up the bottle from a cupboard in his hotel room. There must be a lot of people who were looking after players meals at hotel and coincidentally none of them spotted it. I believe this matter should be investigated properly. PCB itself is silent as Pak team is about to tour India this month and they don't want it to be cancelled due to this incident. irony.

  • Muhammad on December 9, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    It is hard to believe that it is a mistake. Not acceptable at all...

  • just on December 9, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    strange that no clue has yet been founf of the guilty,,,,,,, very sad....

  • Balaji on December 9, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    As a indian fan I am greatly saddened by this incident , I am pretty sure this is incompetence of the hotel staff rather than any malicious intend towards the wonderful cricketer from pakistan, I hope pakistan blind cricket team has a great success in india.

  • Nabil on December 9, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    expect these sort of things to happen when u beat India in India :/ the mishap creator should be punished... we need a more tougher stance from Pakistani side

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    What was a bottle of phenyl doing on the guys table?

  • gurinder on December 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    give it rest pak fans, pretty sure its accident, its not as if we have threat from that player as kiwirocker said, pak fans should be graceful to bcci for arranging them to visit india as no country wants to play in pak for security reasons, why some people think that india did on purpose reveals their hatred for india ,if anything

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Mishap ? more like a planned execution of a cruel torture on a human being. PCB should take this more seriously and sue the hotel.

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