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Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has been diagnosed with a minor skull fracture after he was hit on the side of the head by a delivery from New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson.
The incident occurred in the last over before lunch on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
Shehzad will now be closely monitored for the next 48 hours and may have to undergo decompression on the fracture if the pain fails to subside.
Shehzad ended up being dismissed for a career-best 176 when he was hit on the head and fell to the ground, upon where his bat hit the stumps. However, even though he received treatment from the physiotherapist, the 22-year-old still looked to be in a lot of pain as he walked back to the pavilion.
“The specialist surgeon has confirmed a minor fracture and has advised 48 hours of close monitoring,” Pakistan team manager Moin Khan said. “In case the pain doesn’t subside then the surgeon may opt for decompression.”
Anderson stated that he was surprised to learn how serious the injury actually was since it did not seem that bad initially.
“The wicket was the first I saw and you celebrate – we’d been out there a long time and wickets were hard to come by – but his health was the next concern,” Anderson said. “I heard he came back to the ground, which is pleasing, you never want to see anyone get hurt. I’ve seen plenty of people in that position before and it’s not a nice feeling. Credit to him, it was an unbelievable innings.”