Pakistan batter Abid Ali complained of severe chest pain during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match on Tuesday (December 21). He had faced discomfort while batting for Central Punjab and was rushed to the hospital for scans. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) provided an update that Abid has been diagnosed with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). The 34-year-old also underwent angioplasty for the same in a private hospital in Karachi.
Abid also had a stent placed in his blocked coronary artery. Before the small surgery, the Pakistan opening batter had posted a small video message. He sought blessings and well-wishes from his fans and supporters for his speedy recovery.
“I am thankful to God as I am faring well, I request all of you to pray for me as I have a small medical procedure tomorrow. So I request all my family members, fans, and all my well-wishers to pray for me.”
Abid’s ECG report was normal and the test to check protein in the heart tissues also came out negative. Now, Abid is stable, but the question remains can he return to playing sport at the top level ?
The experts were asked about the ACS and whether the athletes can play after recovering from it. According to Dr. Jamal, athletes can return to play sports after proper evaluation of their heart health. Dr. Farooq, however, added that they will need a rest of at least three to four months before coming back on the park. Meanwhile, the PCB is expected to provide a further update on Abid’s health soon.