Pakistan’s Haris Sohail changes hotel room after ‘supernatural encounter’

WELLINGTON: Pakistan team management says cricketer Haris Sohail was left “visibly shaken” after a ghostly encounter in a CHRISTCHURCH HOTEL room.

Sohail fled what he believed was “a supernatural presence” which shook his bed at the Rydges Latimer hotel, taking refuge in the room of a team coach after the encounter earlier this week.

Team manager Naveed Akram Cheema said Tuesday Sohail, 26, phoned a member of the coaching staff to say he had been woken by his bed being shaken.

The coach rushed to Sohail’s room and found him shaken and feverish.

Cheema said management tried to persuade Sohail the fever may have caused a nightmare, but the player was adamant his experience was supernatural.

The hotel’s management says it knew of “no active ghost” on the premises.

Pakistan media reports said Sohail, an allrounder who has played nine one-dayers and three Twenty20 internationals, was so “traumatised” by the experience he has been unable to train and was forced to miss a one-day warmup match against a New Zealand President’s XI.

The cricketer tweeted on Sunday, “Allah always answers your duas”. A dua is a form of Muslim prayer.

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