ZIM vs PAK: Sikandar Raza ruled out of Pakistan series after bone marrow infection- Zimbabwe allrounder Sikander Raza has suffered a bone marrow infection which is likely to rule him out of action for an indefinite period. The infection was suspected to be cancerous at one stage. After his surgery to remove the tumour earlier this month, Raza has been cleared of serious illness but the recovery period is expected to take few weeks. He is currently going through cycles of medication and injections.
Speaking to ESPN, Raza said that he first felt a lot of pain in his right arm during the Zimbabwe-Afghanistan series in Abu Dhabi last month. He played the Test and T20I series, which ended on March 20.
“I had pain in my right arm during the Abu Dhabi Tests. We treated like it was muscular pain initially but the pain kept getting worse. I remember staying up all night, unable to sleep despite having sleeping pills. That’s how I played the Test matches,” Raza told ESPNcricinfo.
“After coming home, the ultrasound showed that the muscles are all fine. The MRI showed that I had a foreign or alien substance on my bone marrow. Seeing this the surgeon told me that this substance could make my shoulder bone so weak that I could fracture it by just throwing a ball. He suggested that I do a biopsy right away. I wanted to wait till the Pakistan series but he insisted otherwise. He said that due to the deformity seen in my bicep bone, they were suspecting cancer,” he added.
He immediately opted for surgery and found out it was an infection.
“I went under the knife within the next 48 hours. They opened up my bicep by drilling the bone. They created a hole to take out some puss and red substance.”
“All of this was sent it for a biopsy, and it came back as negative. There was a type of infection but only last night the bone biopsy report ruled out the cancer,” he said.
The player said that his recovery would take several weeks and he is set to miss the ongoing Pakistan series.
“I have been ruled out indefinitely. There’s no set date for my return. Of course this not being cancerous has suddenly fast-tracked some of it.”
“After the lab professor studies my MRI, I will apparently be on medication and jab for the next six months. We want to treat it aggressively so that I don’t get the infection again. I am very sure that I have three to five more weeks of doing nothing, if everything goes smoothly.”