WI vs Pak 2021 – Azam Khan taken to hospital after blow to head during training


ESPNcricinfo has learnt he was struck by a fast bowler, and will undergo a CT scan as a precautionary measure

Pakistan batter Azam Khan was taken to hospital after suffering a blow to the head during training on Friday in Guyana. The 22-year old, who made his debut earlier this month against England, is learnt to have been struck by a fast bowler, and will undergo a CT scan as a precautionary measure.

ESPNcricinfo has learnt that Khan did not lose consciousness and was wearing a helmet at the time he was hit. The Pakistan team doctor, Riaz Ahmed, accompanied him to hospital, with the PCB saying more information would follow once they review Khan’s CT scans.

While there is no official word, the incident almost certainly rules Khan out of Saturday’s game in Providence, the second of four T20Is between West Indies and Pakistan. The two sides took part in a rained-out first T20I in Barbados on Wednesday, with only nine overs possible.

Since being called up to the national side, Khan hasn’t yet had the chance to nail down a fiercely-contested middle-order slot ahead of the T20 World Cup squad announcement, with this series the last T20I engagement before Pakistan name their squad. He came in to bat in the last over on debut, and got out cheaply in the game that followed, only to be dropped for the decider against England.

All three remaining games will take place in Guyana, with Saturday’s contest the first of back-to-back weekend games, before the final match on Tuesday. The T20Is will be followed by two Tests starting August 12 and 20, and both will be played in Kingston.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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