NewsDr Sohail Saleem resigns as PCB Sports Sciences head

Dr Sohail Saleem resigns as PCB Sports Sciences head

Dr Sohail Saleem, the head of the Sports Sciences and Medicine department at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), tendered his resignation from his position on Thursday which has been accepted by the PCB.

This decision comes in the wake of heightened scrutiny following the formation of a committee by the PCB chairman, Mohsin Naqvi, to investigate the alleged mishandling of fast bowler Ihsanullah’s injury.

Previously, while announcing the head coaches for Pakistan men’s white-ball and red-ball sides, Naqvi had stated that strict action would be taken against those responsible if the report reveals any lapses in diagnosing the player’s injury.

He had constituted an independent medical panel for the investigation.

The independent three-member Medical Committee’s conclusion:

“The committee concludes that Ihsanullah’s condition of right elbow pain was not addressed, treated and operated appropriately. There was a delay in reaching the clinical diagnoses and investigations. He did not receive a formal rehabilitation process as required by his condition.

“His surgery was planned hurriedly without any specialist review and preoperative assessment.

“The surgeon recommended by the Director of Medical and Sports Sciences was inappropriate, lacking the academics and experience in the field.”

Dr Saleem returned to his role following the appointment of Najam Sethi as a head of an ad hoc management committee in December 2022.

His previous departure from the post occurred in 2021 when Dr Saleem submitted his resignation after a lapse in PCB’s bio-secure bubble led to an outburst of Covid-19 during the PSL. The league had to be postponed.

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