Mohammad Hafeez ruled out of National T20, doubtful for World Cup after contracting dengue

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Sep 30, 11:53 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez contracted dengue and was subsequently ruled out of the ongoing National T20 domestic tournament. The right-hander is also doubtful for the upcoming World T20 slated to take place in October-November in UAE and Oman. 

“It depends on the severity of the dengue virus that one has contracted but yes it is an illness that leaves one pretty weak and it takes around a month to regenerate platelets and make a full recovery,” a local doctor said.

Hafeez had initially complained of food poisoning while he was in Rawalpindi during the first leg of the National T20 tournament but the all-rounder then went to Lahore after his condition didn’t improve where he was diagnosed to have contracted dengue.

He is one of the senior players in the Pakistan squad for the World T20 at present. The teams can make the changes in the World Cup squad till October 10, 2021. 

The Pakistan team is expected to take the flight to UAE on October 14 while they will begin the World T20 campaign against India on October 24 in Dubai. 

In 113 T20Is that Hafeez has played, he has notched up over 2400 runs at a strike rate of 120.96 and also has picked up a total of 60 wickets at a healthy economy of 6.54.  

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