LAHORE - Ahmed Shehzad is flying back home tonight to rest and recuperate from the head injury he received on day two (Monday) of the ongoing Test match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

“Since Shehzad had been advised not to participate in sporting activity for a minimum of three weeks, and he could take no further part in the ongoing Test match, it was considered prudent to send him back home for complete rest and recuperation,” said team manager Moin Khan.  Ahmed Shehzad was hit in the face while attempting a pull shot on a Corey Anderson bouncer on the second day of ongoing Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Shehzad was taken to a local hospital where he was examined by consultant plastic surgeon Dr Rahul Tandon. After examining his CT scan, the consultant confirmed that he had fracture of the right zygomatic arch but fortunately he did not require active surgical intervention at present and can be managed conservatively on pain killers and muscle relaxants for a week.

 Shehzad has been advised not to take part in any sporting activity for the next three weeks. Shehzad will thus be flying back home tonight where he will remain under the observation of PCB’s senior general manager sports medicine Dr Sohail Saleem.  The second and third Tests will be played in Dubai and Sharjah from November 17 and 26 respectively.