Pakistan batter Shan Masood was immediately taken to the hospital for scans after being hit on the head during their net session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Masood suffered a blow on the right side of the head after he was struck by Mohammed Nawaz’s shot. The southpaw was on the ground for a long time before he was taken to the hospital.
Shan Masood has performed in patches at No 3 since making his debut in T20 cricket at home against England last month. He was competing with Fakhar Zaman, who has recovered from a knee injury, to be Pakistan’ No 3. The 33-year-old has played twelve T20Is for Pakistan, scoring 220 runs at the strike rate of 125.00, including two fifties.
Finalists in the first edition in 2007, Pakistan has been touted to go through to the knockout stage in Australia from a group that includes archrival India, South Africa, Bangladesh, and two qualifiers from the first round.
A moment of extreme scare. Mohammad Nawaz is distraught and down on the ground after his shot hits Shan Masood flash at the back of his neck😳
— Srinjoy Sanyal (@srinjoysanyal07) October 21, 2022
The jinx of not beating India in a World Cup game in any format ended last year when Babar and Rizwan led Pakistan to a massive 10-wicket win during the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan qualified for the semifinals after winning all five of its group games before eventually faltering against Australia.
Pakistan fans have been praying for Shan Masood on social media and hoping that the injury is not serious. 33-year-old Shan Masood has played 12 T20Is for Pakistan along with 25 Test matches.
Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood.
Standby Players: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.