Pakistan’s team doctor has revealed that Rizwan developed a “severe chest infection” on November 9
“Mohammad Rizwan developed a severe chest infection on the 9th of November following which he was admitted to the hospital,” Najeebullah Soomro, the Pakistan team doctor, told the media after the game. “He spent two nights in the ICU recovering. He made an incredible recovery and was deemed fit before the match.
“The decision regarding his health was made by the whole team management. And this was about the morale of the whole team. And therefore, we kept it within the team. We can see his great determination and tenacity that shows his spirit of performing for the country. And we can see how he performed today [Thursday].”
“Mohammad Rizwan was in the hospital a night ago suffering from some sort of lung condition,” Hayden said. “This is a warrior. He’s been brilliant throughout the campaign, and he has great courage.”
During the 13th over of Pakistan’s innings, Rizwan also took a blow to the helmet while looking to hook Mitchell Starc. The ball hit the grille of his helmet, which pressed into his face and left a bruise in his right cheek. The Pakistan physio performed a concussion check on the field, and Rizwan was deemed fit to continue batting.
Pakistan will start their journey later on Friday for Bangladesh from Dubai. The three-match T20I series will be followed by two Tests in Chattogram (November 26-30) and Dhaka (December 4-8). The squad for the Test series will be announced by November 15.
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent