Shamilia Connell collapsed on the pitch during West Indies’ Women’s World Cup match versus Bangladesh on Friday (March 16) at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, in New Zealand. However, Cricket West Indies (CWI) subsequently reported that she is safe and had been discharged from the hospital.
She was quickly swarmed by anxious teammates, with medical personnel racing to the field to assist her. She was later transported to the hospital when the West Indies were completing a dramatic four-run victory in the league game, averting a successful chase of 140 runs by Bangladesh.
“Yes, she was taken as a precaution to hospital but has been discharged. We will update the media officially in the morning once we have an update from the Team Physio and our CMO,” Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CWI, told Cricbuzz on Friday evening (IST). The International Cricket Council (ICC) also confirmed the same. An update on her status is expected on Saturday morning.
Connell, a right-arm fast bowler, was bowling the 47th over of the game with Bangladesh requiring 13 off 19 balls and just one wicket remaining when the event occurred. In the low-scoring thriller, Connell (29) had stats of none for 15 in three overs.
“It was sad to see her go down but we look at the bright side, it was probably for us to regroup and we did that and changed the momentum,” West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor said post the match. “Obviously a bit worrying to see her go down like that. She is a fighter, I am not sure what’s wrong with her but she will be alright (sic),” Player of the Match Hayley Matthews, who scored 18 runs and clinched four wickets, said.
Connell, from Barbados, has played 54 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 51 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) throughout her eight-year international career.