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Headway criticises decision to let Hashmatullah Shahidi play on

Thu 20 Jun 2019

Headway has featured in The Guardian website, Metro and Mail Online articles following the charity's concerns that Hashmatullah Shahidi was allowed to play on after receiving a blow to the head.

Afghanistan batsman Hashmatullah was hit on the helmet by a 92mph bouncer delivered by England's Mark Wood, with his helmet splitting on impact. He was assessed by medics who advised that he retire from the pitch.

A team official, Naveed Sayeh, later confirmed that Hashmatullah had acted against professional advice in continuing his innings.

Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway – the brain injury association, said: “These comments are very worrying and again show a distinct lack of understanding about the dangers of concussion, as well as troubling insight into the lack of authority some team doctors seem to have.

“Players need to take the advice of doctors and adhere to the protocols, rather than follow a misguided sense of duty to their teammates which could result in a serious, possibly lifelong, injury.

“The decision must be taken out of players hands. If the doctor advises the player to leave the field then they should promptly do so, there should be no debate whatsoever.

“We know that the signs and symptoms of concussion can be delayed in their presentation, which is why it is so important to take an ‘if in doubt, sit it out’ approach to head injuries.”


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