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Pakistan's visually impaired captain in mishap at team hotel

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 8, 2012

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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."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by sak00n 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 ..

Posted by Laki1993 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Me_A_Gemini on (December 9, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

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

Posted by justshmad on (December 9, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

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

Posted by indiasupbangalore 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.

Posted by nabilkhan91 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

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

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

Posted by gsingh7 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by uzairamir on (December 9, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

it has been shown that this incident is nothing serious if this had happened in pakistan i wonder what they would have done

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (December 9, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

The headline is totally misleading and downplaying the incident!

"Absolutely Fine" are not the words uttered by PCB or more inportantly Abbasi himself!

The whole thing is being swept under the carpet.....I would love to see what would have been the reaction...had it been a player from India itself or England, Australia or for that matter any other player!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

Would have been a different story if it had happened to a member of English team...

Posted by Pathiyal on (December 9, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

who left it at the breakfast table? what action has been taken against the culprit? we dont just leave an acid bottle in a breakfast table! even the name of the hotel was not allowed to be revealed in this write up let alone the culprit.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Such incidences should never be allowed and let go unpunished. Criminal investigation should be proceeded and the guilty must be brought to justice. Imagine if such thing had happened in Pakistan...........

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 9, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

It all sounds fishy ..reminds me of Hanif Muhammad's fingres being injured by a spectator on an Indian tour. For those of you, who do not know Pakistan's blind cricket team, they are absolute legends of the game. They have been hammering everyone for years. Actually, some of them are as good as to play for Pakistan team. Although, looking at India's performance against England, they may need few of these blind cricketers too in their batting!

Posted by ak_dragon on (December 9, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

Where is BCCI....? One of the richest Cricket Board in this world... looks like I'm watching another Edition of BOND's (007) Movie..Where is Sportsmanship....?

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

What a shocker! Disrespectful. But must give benefits of doubt to hosts before treating as malicious intent! Proper investigation must be carried out.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

sad - need 2 catch the culprits

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

I hope the person responsible is sent to jail because this is no accident. Don't really understand how anyone can do such a disgusting thing.

Posted by Mel-waas on (December 8, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

This was obviously done on purpose. By some retard

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Just verbal apology from the hotel staff is not enough. It should be properly investigated. Normally there are a lot of CCTV cameras in hotel. It shouldn't be too difficult to catch the culprit. I agree with Nader Nanjiani. Forget it was Pakistani player in India. Special people deserve respect. Whosoever is responsible, should be punished for being so cruel and insensitive. He could have been killed. This is a straight "murder attempt" case.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

are you telling me that phenyl is tasteless and smellless just like water? Can we use some common sense?

Posted by FRRR on (December 8, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Other countries try to win by working hard. However, Indians are trying to win by giving acid to opponents. It is a criminal behavior by the indians

Posted by dock_haul on (December 8, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

if it was an incident , even than its un acceptable. what on earth a plastic bottle of phenyl was doing on the breakfast table of visually impaired cricketers?? had it happened in Pakistan wouldn't it had been termed as an attempt to kill?? this is grave negligence , even if it was an incident , and need some one to be punished . how can one expect a partial blind person to avoid such an act from some stupid negligent person

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Could be intentional, after Pakistan team won heavily against the home side.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Seems a deliberate act. What was the bottle of Phenyl or acid doing on the breakfast table?

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Very Sad incident .... Extra care was needed there by the hotel as this are blind cricketer taking lots of effort to show their talent and showing the world what blind people can do ......May ALLAH bless him with his mercy ........

Posted by Aura123 on (December 8, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Can't believe this! Doing this to your blind guest in your house :-(

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

I can't imagine what would have happened if this happened the other way around

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Disapointing news .I am Surprized by the word "Accidentally" for me it is "Intentially"(Bottle on the Breakfast Table). In my opinion its everybodies duty torespect these Special Persons and Hotel Staff should have given them Special Attention.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

if you cant beat them....poison them. What a shame!

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

The PCB chairman is being extremely timid and shameless. Just imagine had this kind of thing happened in Pakistan to an Indian player. Pakistan must cancel its upcoming cricket tour to India. Pride and patriotism is more important than cricket. Period!

Posted by Tamilpower on (December 8, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Whether this was a mishap or a deliberate ploy, it happened and the host authorities took the best action they could. Pakistanis have played down the incident to their credit and the Indians have pursued it in good faith! Happens and thank God the Captain is well and able to to continue!

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Sympathy and love for the victim. We salute you for your splendid performance over the years and India we really expect some thing better from your side. Hospitality is something you people lack badly. grow up

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

This is not about India v Pakistan gamesmanship or even about cricket, this is about respect for the visually impaired. A crude prank played on a person with disability is tawdry and cowardly.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

thats unblelievable i dont believe this that it happens :\

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

poor very poor. that shouldnt have happened. poor administration actualy. how did that bottle come on breakfast table?

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