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Hanif home, relief for the family

Hanif Mohammed

Calcutta: Hanif Mohammed, arguably cricket’s first superstar from Asia, is back home after suffering a “major stroke.”

Hanif (79) spent almost two weeks in the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, before being discharged on Friday.

“The family is relieved and Dad is happy to be in a familiar environment... His speech is much better, as also the strength in his legs... He has severe arthritis... We’ve arranged for ICU-trained nurses to be at home 24x7,” younger son Shahzeb, who is based in London, told The Telegraph.

Hanif, who underwent cancer surgery last July (in London), had a scan of the abdomen before he was discharged. The report is awaited.

According to Shahzeb, endoscopy will be done in the next “two-three weeks.”

Meanwhile, in what is rather shocking, Hanif is yet to get financial aid from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government, even though it was “promised” three months ago.

The government has sought “original bills and medical papers,” which hasn’t gone down well with the family of a national hero and a former captain.

For its part, the family has already submitted the relevant “photocopies.” But, obviously, that’s not enough for the mandarins.

Around 50,000 was spent on Hanif’s surgery and the chemotherapy sessions in London alone.

The bad news, so to say, doesn’t end there.

Hanif was to get a grant of Rs 5,00,000 from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), but even that has got stuck in red tape.

The PCB did issue a cheque some weeks ago, but it had a “mistake” and was returned. The corrected cheque hasn’t been received by Hanif.

Not till Saturday.