Hashim Akhtar, a teenage cricket star of the Pakistani descent, collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage during a T20 match in England. He remains in a critical condition in a hospital after he was discovered by his teammates collapsed in the toilets while the match was on.
He underwent an operation to remove a blood clot on his brain in the early hours of Saturday at the Salford Royal Hospital, having first received emergency care at Royal Bolton Hospital.
The Bolton Sixth Form College student has been kept in an induced coma since Saturday while doctors monitor his recovery.
The teenager was playing in a T20 match for Astley Bridge CC against Bradshaw CC on Friday night when he collapsed in the toilets. Hashim’s teammates reported that he had felt ill at the end of their innings and was missing when they went out to field.
Fortunately, the father of one of the Bradshaw players is a doctor and was able to look after him until paramedics arrived at the scene.
The student had been suffering from migraine in the past. The promising allrounder has been playing for Astley Bridge from the age of 13 and was set to be watched by Lancashire scouts on Monday.
His mother told The Bolton News, “The doctors have told us that they can’t bring him out of coma yet. His family is all here to support him and we will have to wait and see what the doctors say."
Hashim’s cousin and Astley Bridge teammate, Zakiv Avzal, said, “They had to induce coma to stop his seizures because they had gone on for about two hours. His family is with him and all of our prayers go out to him."