Pakistan’s aggressive opening batsman, Imran Nazir erupted onto the international cricket scene with his innate ability to put any bowler out of the park with such tremendous ease. However, his peak was short-lived as his progress was hampered by reoccurring arthritis.
“I couldn’t use my hands. I was unable to fully bend my fingers, there was stiffness. If I was to bend my arm, there was a locking of the elbow joint,” Imran Nazir told about his tough time.
He stated that it all started in 2013 when his wrist started to cause him a pain, which later spread to all the other joints of his body, making him completely immobile and sleepless.
“Doctors and friends said to me, you may not be able to play cricket at all. They had suggested I pursue a career in coaching or training,” Imran added. But he kept faith in himself and became stubborn in his quest to overcome this illness and play again.
It was not before a Pakistani-born American rheumatologist came by when Imran Nazir found hope of playing cricket again. The doctor performed stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment.
He was recently returned to the cricketing scene after more than four years of absence. The 37-year-old has appeared in a total of 79 ODI’s for Pakistan and scored 1,895 runs at an average of 24.61. In T20I, he has amassed 500 runs at an average of 21.73 in 25 games.