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Shahidi refused to give up after bouncer blow out of concern for his mother
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Shahidi refused to give up after bouncer blow out of concern for his mother

Afghanistan batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi has revealed he decided to ignore medical advice and continue batting after being floored by a speedy Mark Wood bouncer primarily out of concern for his mother.

Wood's sharp 90 mph delivery hit Shahidi flush on the helmet when he was batting on 24 in pursuit of the mammoth target of 398 against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday, leading him to lose his balance and fall to the ground.

Soon, the physios arrived to observe any injury inflicted on the 24-year-old but he shrugged off the calls for retiring hurt and resumed playing with a new helmet, going on to top-score for his team in the 150-run defeat.

Shahidi's resolve to emerge unperturbed after a nasty blow to the head and bind the innings together in an otherwise one-sided contest was the sole silver lining for Afghanistan.

"I got up early because of my mum," Shahidi told reporters following their fifth straight loss in the tournament.

"I lost my father last year so I didn't want her to hurt. My whole family was watching, even my big brother was here in the ground watching. I didn't want them to be worried for me," added Shahidi, as Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani also graced the stadium with his presence during the match.

'The ICC doctor said I will be fine'

Although Shahidi's tenacity has attracted some attention, the lax attitude with which he was allowed to carry on batting is bound to generate criticism on the International Cricket Council's commitment to dealing efficiently with potential head injuries.

"The ICC doctors came to me, and our physios, and my helmet was broken in the middle," Shahidi said.

"They just told me just, 'let's go'. I told them I can't leave my team-mate at that moment. My team needed me. I carried on.

"After the match I went to the ICC doctor and talked to them. They took care of me and said it will be fine, Inshallah (god willing)."

Afghanistan team official, Naveed Sayeh, also restated Shahidi's words that the batsman acted on his own.

"The doctors told him, 'please come off' and to leave the ground. He told them, 'no, I'm now OK so I'll continue my batting'," Sayeh said.

Earlier this tournament, South Africa opener Hashim Amla was ruled out of the clash against Bangladesh due to a concussion he suffered in the preceding game versus England from a bouncer delivered by Jofra Archer.