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Abid Ali diagnosed with heart condition

Batter was rushed to a hospital after complaining of chest pain while playing a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match

Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq
21-Dec-2021
Abid Ali left the field after complaining of shoulder pain  •  PCB

Abid Ali left the field after complaining of shoulder pain  •  PCB

Abid Ali was taken to hospital after complaining of chest pain while playing for Central Punjab against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the ongoing last round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Karachi.
According to a PCB statement, he was taken to a specialist hospital immediately, "where he was diagnosed as a case of Acute Coronary Syndrome" or ACS. "He is under the care of Consultant Cardiologist who is liaising with PCB medical team regarding further treatment. He is currently stable."
ACS is often used to describe a range of conditions resulting from a sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart.
Abid returned to his domestic side, Central Punjab, following the recent Bangladesh tour, where he was Player of the Series for the Tests after scoring 263 runs at 87.66. He was playing his sixth first-class game this season and had scored 766 runs at an average of 51.89 with three hundreds. On the last day of the ongoing game at UBL Complex in Karachi, he had crossed a half-century when he complained of discomfort around his shoulder and chest area before he was rushed to the hospital.
Abid has been the highest run-getter in Tests for Pakistan since his debut in 2019, and in 2021 he is fifth in the world with 695 runs in nine Tests at 48.87, including a double-hundred against Zimbabwe in Harare. He made his debut in Rawalpindi in 2019 after spending 12 years in domestic cricket for 7116 runs in 106 first-class games. He made his Test debut at the age of 31 and began with a century, and also became the only player in history to reach three figures on both Test and ODI debuts.
Central Punjab are sitting in fourth place on the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy table at the moment and are out of the finals race, with Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sitting in the top-two spots. They have drawn five games, won two and lost two so far this season.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent