Imam under observation, scans clear after Ferguson blow



Imam is down on the ground after being struck by a Ferguson bouncer © AFP

Imam-ul-Haq returned to the Pakistani side after his scans for a possible head injury were deemed clear, a PCB spokesperson said at the end of the second ODI against New Zealand.

The left-handed opening-batsman went for CT scans and MRI after he was hit on on his helmet’s grille on the first ball of the 13th over off a Lockie Ferguson delivery that clocked at 138ks.

Imam, retired hurt on 16, was beaten for pace and bounce as the short-pitched delivery rose sharply. The 22-year-old looked shaken as he moved away from the stumps and struggled to take off his helmet before settling on the floor. He had his eyes closed but was conscious. After receiving a lengthy examination he was taken off the field.

Though dazed throughout his medical examination, Imam seemed interested in carrying on before he began to limp. Fakhar Zaman was seeing signaling to Babar Azam to join him in the middle as the on-field umpire Shozab Raza told the Pakistan team physio to take Imam off the field. The play had to stop five balls later as an ambulance waited near a sidescreen for Imam, who had to be stretchered in it, to take him to the hospital.

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI to level the three-match series. The final will be held on Sunday at Dubai.

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