The negligence of a hotel room cleaning staff put the life of Pakistan's
Blind cricket team captain in danger as he was today hospitalised after
accidentally drinking diluted phenyl in his room, mistaking it to be mineral
The 28-year-old partially visually impaired Zeshan Abbasi, here to play World
Cup Cricket for the Blind, sipped the contents of a plastic bottle on the table
as he mistook it for mineral water during breakfast, official sources said.
He was rushed to the multi-speciality MS Ramaiah Hospital where he was treated
and kept under observation before being discharged a few hours later.
"Abbasi was discharged at 4.30 pm. He is absolutely fine", President of the
Hospital, Dr Shetty said.
Shetty said earlier Abbasi was subjected to endoscopy and certain tests and all
reports were normal.
Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has written to the Ministry of External
Affairs regarding the issue.
All India Cricket Association for the Blind President, S P Nagesh, said the
hotel management had tendered a written apology but they have been asked to
investigate and "tell us how such a lapse occurred. We are awaiting their
Pakistan Team Manager Sultan Shah said "such an incident that has occurred
accidentally should not and will not become an impediment in Indo-Pak cricket
relations. We have a very good understanding with the team here and the
tournament is being played in a very good atmosphere".
"However, what we want to know from the hotel management who have orally
apologised to us, is how such an incident happened and who is responsible for
such negligence. It has to be ensured that such incidents do not recur.
Otherwise, we are happy with the arrangements here and are focused on the game",
A number of international Blind teams are currently in the city taking part in
the Blind Cricket T20 World Cup. Apart from hosts India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Australia, England, Bangladesh, South Africa and West Indies are among the
countries participating in the event which will conclude on December 13.
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