Even though Rishabh Pant, who sustained serious injuries in a road accident on December 30, has been airlifted from Dehradun to Mumbai, fresh media report suggest that the wicketkeeper-batter could even be moved to the United Kingdom, if needed.
The media report quotes a statement by a Delhi and District Cricket Official (DDCA). “Pant’s further treatment will be taken care by BCCI now. Jay Shah himself will keep a close eye on his treatment. If needed, the board will send him to the United Kingdom,” the DDCA official told news agency ANI.
Earlier on Wednesday, the BCCI issued a second medical health update regarding the condition of Pant. In this though, they did not mention anything on plans to move him out of the country for his treatment.
The Board will make every effort to aid and expedite the recovery process of Rishabh: BCCI
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India have made all the necessary arrangements to shift India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant to Mumbai. Rishabh, who is currently receiving treatment for his injuries at Max Hospital, Dehradun following a car accident on 30th December, will be brought to Mumbai in an air ambulance,” said BCCI in it’s official release.
“He will be admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute and will be under the direct supervision of Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, Head – the Centre for Sports Medicine, and Director – Arthroscopy & Shoulder Service at the hospital. Rishabh will undergo surgery and subsequent procedures for ligament tears and will continue to be monitored by the BCCI Medical Team throughout his recovery and rehabilitation,” the statement further read.
“The Board will make every effort to aid and expedite the recovery process of Rishabh and will provide him with all the support he needs during this period,” it concluded.
Notably, Pant was driving a Mercedes on the Delhi-Dehradun highway when he reportedly dozed off and lost control of the vehicle. His car flipped twice before catching fire, the police said. The cricketer was pulled out of the vehicle by a Haryana Roadways Driver Sushil Kumar and his helper Paramjeet who will both be rewarded under the Good Samaritan award of the Central government.