T20 World Cup 2022: Pakistan's Masood clears tests after blow to head

Pakistan batter Shan Masood. — Twitter/@shani_official
Pakistan batter Shan Masood. — Twitter/@shani_official

MELBOURNE: Pakistan batter Shan Masood has got away with "superficial bruising" after being hit on the head during a practice session ahead of the team's first match at the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Pakistan will begin their campaign against arch-rivals India in Melbourne on Sunday.

The team got an injury scare as it prepared for the game when a stray shot from Mohammad Nawaz struck Masood on the head and left him lying flat on the ground before he was sent to the hospital for scans.

"All of Shan Masood's neurological observations are normal. His CT scan only shows superficial bruising where the ball struck him," the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

"He will be re-tested (Saturday)" for concussion, the PCB added.

The 33-year-old Masood is regarded as a technically sound top-order batsman and has hit two half-centuries for Pakistan in 12 T20s since his debut in September.

Images posted on social media showed Pakistan players and team staff surrounding Masood, and a distraught Nawaz sitting on his knees.

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan beat India in last year's T20 World Cup, where they reached the semi-finals.