Pakistani batting legend Zaheer Abbas has been hospitalised in a private hospital’s intensive critical care unit (ICU) in London. According to reports, the 74-year-old was transferred to the ICU three days after being admitted to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where he was placed on oxygen support.
Abbas was infected with COVID-19 while travelling from Dubai to London. After landing in the British capital, he complained of pain and was diagnosed with pneumonia.
“He is currently on dialysis and the doctors have advised him to refrain from meeting people,” a source was quoted saying by Geo News. According to the source, meeting Abbas is prohibited since he is on dialysis and is feeling weak.
Abbas, who made his International debut against New Zealand in 1969, was regarded as one of the best batters of his era. He scored 5062 runs in 72 Tests and 2572 runs in 62 One-Day Internationals. In 459 first-class matches, he scored 34,843 runs, including 108 centuries and 158 fifties.
After retiring, he worked as an ICC match referee in one Test and three One-Day Internationals. In 2020, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame alongside Jacques Kallis and Lisa Sthalekar. Meanwhile, a lot of wishes have poured in for the legendary Pakistani cricketer. From Pakistani players to people all across the world, everyone has wished Abbas a swift recovery.
“Pray for “Zed” – the mercurially gifted Zaheer Abbas – who made batting an art form at a level few in the history of the game have matched,” former English cricketer Alan Wilkins tweeted.
“Wishing Zaheer Abbas the best of health. He flew to London on June 16th and is now admitted to ICU. He is the only Asian having scored hundred first class centuries, four times in a first class match he scored a double hundred & a hundred, & made 4 double centuries in Tests, Dr Nauman Niaz, a Pakistani Journalist wrote.
“Wishing speedy recovery & complete health to Zaheer Abbas sb. Get well soon. Aameen,” former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez wrote.