Former Pakistan opener Imran Nazir has opened up about a harrowing incident in which he was poisoned at the height of his cricketing career. Nazir, who represented Pakistan in 8 Tests and 79 ODIs between 1999 and 2012, first revealed the details of his illness last May but has now disclosed more information about the incident.
In an interview on the Nadir Ali podcast, Nazir shared that he was poisoned with Mercury, a slow-acting poison that damages joints.
Nazir explained that for 8-10 years, he underwent treatment for joint damage caused by the poison, exhausting all his life savings estimated to be around PKR 12-15 crore.
Despite his hardships, Nazir said that he never harbored any ill-will towards whoever was responsible for the poisoning. He stated that the person who saved him was better than the one who wanted to kill him.
During his difficult time, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi supported him, providing financial assistance for his treatment. Nazir praised Afridi’s support, saying that he spent around 40-50 lakh to help him.
Nazir also credited his doctor for never trying to cheat him and sticking to the required treatment amount.
Nazir expressed his gratitude towards Afridi, saying that he had nothing left when he met him, but the former captain stepped in and helped him without hesitation.
He added that he was happy that Afridi had told his manager to keep sending money for his treatment without asking for updates on the expenses. Despite his struggles, Nazir maintained his positive outlook and is grateful to have made a full recovery.