Indian hotel questioned as Pak blind cricket captain consumes acid


The captain of Pakistan’s blind cricket team, Zeeshan Abbasi, was rushed to a local hospital in the Indian city of Bangalore after consuming acid at the team’s breakfast table, Indian and Pakistani media reported. According to latest reports, Abbasi, who is leading the team in the Blind World Twenty20 underway in the Indian city, was now stable and had been discharged from the hospital. Pakistan Cricket Board has asked one of its officials Usman Walha to stay back and look after the blind team captain. Pakistan’s manager was left disgusted by the act and questioned the tournament’s security arrangements. He also rubbished some reports in the Indian media that had termed the incident “an accident.” “Mineral water bottles were given to us everyday; the acid was in one of those bottles. How can this be a mistake? How was it on the breakfast table?” he questioned. Chairman Blind Cricket Council Sultan Shah, too, expressed his shock at the incident which came a day after Pakistan beat India by eight wickets. “We are blind, how can we see bottle distilled/mineral water? How can a 5star hotel do this? It’s deliberate,” Shah told ZeeNews. Shah said a thorough investigation into the incident was underway and the hotel’s management were being questioned. According to Shah, there was a thorough investigation underway while Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Nadeem Sarwar expressed his concern over the incident and said the PCB was in constant contact with Indian officials on the matter. According to the Hindu, G.K. Mahantesh General, Secretary of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and founder of the Samarthanam Turst for the Disabled, who are organizing the 10-day tournament, termed the incident as “shocking and embarrassing”. He said: “All players are important to us. The Movenpick Hotel have promised an internal inquiry and we await the results.” Mr Mahantesh added the “strictest of actions” will be taken against those responsible for the incident.


  1. If this was the other way around and an Indian player had consumed acid in Pakistan, all hell would have broken out.

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