Bangalore: The captain of the Pakistan blind T20 team (the world cup is currently on in Bangalore) who is partially visually impaired, accidentally drank diluted soap, which was kept in a plastic bottle on a table where usually mineral water bottle is kept at his hotel here on Saturday, official sources said.
The player, Zeeshan Abbasi, who is here to play for the first World T20 Cricket Tournament for the visually impaired, was admitted to M S Ramaiah hospital where he was treated and discharged late Friday afternoon. He said he was feeling well and that he would play the next match. Pakistan's team manager too has said that the matter has been resolved and that the hotel authorities have apologised. He added that the matter will not be taken forward.
The apology, it is learnt, was issued immediately by the hotel and the Pakistan contingent accepted it. NDTV spoke to Sultan Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council who is currently with the team in Bangalore.
Shah said, "We have accepted the hotel's apology and now all our focus is on the World Cup. If Zeeshan is up to it, he will play against Sri Lanka, tomorrow, otherwise day after against Nepal."
Shah also sounded confident that his Indian counterparts would take care of the situation well.
"We do not want to politicize the issue. We have a very good relationship with our Indian counterparts. The game must go on," said Shah.
Meanwhile in latest development, the hotel staffer responsible for the 'mess' has been terminated.
The sources tell NDTV that the house-keeping staff was cleaning the dining room and Abbasi consumed the diluted soap accidentally. He also immediately spat it out.
The Pakistan squad though, continued with its 'duties' and was playing a match against Bangladesh despite the incident, being captained by, vice-captain Mohammad Jamil.
(With PTI inputs)
Story first published on: Saturday, 08 December 2012 12:05 IST