Sunday was an exhilarating day for crickets fans and cricketers alike, with all awaiting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft. The night took a dangerous turn, however, when former Pakistani cricket team captain Shoaib Malik got into a car accident. He did not sustain any serious injuries, and later assured his fans that he was perfectly alright. He called the incident a “happenstance accident” and thanked everyone for their concern.
But how exactly did this accident occur?
According to CCTV footage, the accident was the result of a car race gone awry between Malik and Wahab Riaz around the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Sources have informed The Correspondent that the two players, after exiting the dinner hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), initiated a car race around the stadium. The first racing round was conducted anti-clockwise along the stadium, and the second was clockwise. During the second round, when Shoaib Malik’s car reached the first of two speed breakers that exist within 200 metres of the PCB office, his car hit two cars that were parked outside the food establishments in the area.
After hitting the two cars, Shoaib Malik’s car—a Totoya Supra—skidded to a halt upon colliding with a food truck. Sources report that the accident may have been lethal had the momentum of Malik’s car not been diminished by the two cars.
Malik was rescued from the wreckage by Wahab Riaz, who took him back to NCA, where PCB officials were informed of the incident. The PCB then arranged for Malik’s damaged car to be brought to the PCB parking.
Later, Malik was safely taken to his residence by fielding coach Abdul Majeed.