Abid Ali diagnosed
with heart condition,
inserted two stints

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KARACHI: Pakistan opening batsman Abid Ali has been diagnosed with a case of “acute coronary syndrome” on Tuesday after complaining of chest pain during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Central Punjab.

Test cricketer Abid Ali

He was inserted on stint on Tuesday and second today (Wednesday. Doctors have advised him to take rest for two months and then can play usual cricket.

The Punjab batter, while batting on the final day of the match, complained about chest pain and significant discomfort. He was then taken to the hospital for an electrocardiogram (ECG).

Providing confirmation, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that Abid left the ground while he was unbeaten on 61 due to chest pain. “He was taken immediately to a cardiac hospital where he was diagnosed as a case of acute coronary syndrome. He is under the care of the consultant cardiologist who is liaising with the PCB medical team regarding further treatment,” the cricket board said.

“He is under the care of Consultant Cardiologist who is liaising with PCB medical team regarding further treatment. He is currently stable. It is requested to respect his and the family’s privacy at this time. More details will be provided in due course,” concluded the statement from the PCB.

Abid Ali has enjoyed a stellar run in Test cricket in 2021 as he piled close to 700 runs at an average of 49.64. However, this development might hinder his progress as a cricketer but it remains to be seen how serious the precautions will be.

The 34-year-old batsman was batting for the Punjab side on the final day of the match when he felt the discomfort. He was taken to a hospital in the metropolitan city where he underwent an electrocardiogram (ECG).

In a statement issued later in the day, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that Abid left the batting crease at 61 in Central Punjab’s second innings after complaining of chest pain.

“He was taken immediately to a cardiac hospital where he was diagnosed as a case of acute coronary syndrome. He is under the care of the consultant cardiologist who is liaising with the PCB medical team regarding further treatment,” the cricket board said.

Test cricketer Abid Ali – feeling better, advised to take rest for two months

“He is currently stable. It is requested to respect his and the family’s privacy at this time,” the PCB said.

Earlier, a PCB official told Dawn.com that Abid had felt pain in the “shoulder area” and experienced “uneasiness and heaviness”.

The PCB official had said that Abid underwent precautionary medical tests and all his “initial reports were clear”. He said that the cricketer was “feeling better” and not experiencing any pain anymore.

Abid, who is from Lahore, was in superb form recently during the two-match Test series in Bangladesh. He had top scored in both the innings of the opening Test against the Tigers. That coupled with his 39 in the only innings of the second Test had earned him player of the series honour.