Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik did not take the field for the second innings in the Hamilton ODI after being struck in the head. He came out to bat without a helmet or hat as the spin bowlers were operating. After looking to set off for a quick single in the 32nd over, he was turned back and while he was trying to make his ground, the throw from Colin Munro hit him flush on the back of the head and still had enough force to go to the boundary. Malik went down immediately, and though he needed on-field attention for several minutes, he was happy to resume batting.
Malik’s absence from the field was put down to a delayed concussion by the PCB. “Shoaib was assessed by the match doctor and myself,” Pakistan team physiotherapist VB Singh said. “He did not have any symptoms of a concussion and was able to carry on playing. After getting out, he was reassessed and was showing delayed concussion signs. He is doing well and is resting. As advised by the match doctor and Pakistan team physiotherapist, he will not be taking any further part in the match.”