He could have been Pakistan’s trump card in the Test series against Australia. But far from being a ‘hero’, Abrar Ahmed did not land on the field. The 25-year-old leg-spinner could not recover from the injury, as a result of which Pakistan had to play three matches without any traditional spinner. The visitors also lost the series 3-0.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking for the reason behind the humiliating defeat on Australian soil. According to PCB, the result could have been different if Abrar was in the team. That’s why the PCB is stuck on this ‘mystery’ spinner. The governing body of Pakistan Cricket is considering punishing Abrar for allegedly not fully complying with medical advice during the rehabilitation process.
Abrar is in the process of rehabilitation since the last ODI World Cup. The Indian news media NDTV quoted news agency PTI as saying that the medical panel board has submitted a report to the PCB chairman in consultation with the doctors, physios and trainers of the Pakistan team. Abrar’s irregularities during rehabilitation came up in the report.
Abrar could not be fielded in the series against Australia. Pakistan did not take any risk in the New Zealand series. Abrar was not included in the New Zealand tour team. The team management has decided to send the 25-year-old leg-spinner home.
In this context, a PCB official said, ‘Abrar has been sent to the National Cricket Academy of the country. The staff there are monitoring the progress of his rehabilitation process daily. He is in the academy now.’
Earlier, Abrar experienced lower back pain while practicing in Hyderabad, India. Later he was sent to the country for examination. It is believed that Abrar may have sciatica problem. Sciatica is a type of nerve problem that can cause severe pain from the back down to the legs.
Abrar is advised to be in full recovery process. During this time he was asked to perform some exercises and other instructions. Later in the World Cup, when he felt pain again, tests showed that he had not completed the rehabilitation process properly.
Abrar again felt pain in the same area during the four-day warm-up match before the start of the Test series in Australia.