Social Media can be a curse at times and who understands that better than Windies pacer Oshane Thomas. The pacer escaped serious injuries as he was involved in an accident last Sunday.
The 23-year-old cricketer was involved in a two-vehicle collision and was rushed in to the hospital. The West Indies Players’ Association cleared the air and stated that he is at home ‘resting’.
“The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) extends best wishes to West Indies and Jamaica fast-bowler Oshane Thomas who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, February 16 in Jamaica,” the statement said.
“Thomas was reportedly involved in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 2000 near Old Harbour in St. Catherine and was taken to hospital. WIPA’s executive and staff would like to extend our sympathies to Oshane. We wish for him a speedy and full recovery.”
Fake news buster: Oshane Thomas is alive and fit
Meanwhile, there have been shock-waves around social media as many mourned the death of the cricketer. Many believed that Thomas expired following the accident. A Facebook page that goes by the name of ‘Cricket is Amazing’ declared Thomas dead and fans shared the word rapidly.
Fortunately, better sense prevailed and the West Indies squad announcement for the T20Is against Sri Lanka put an end to all the rumors. Oshane was picked in the 14-man squad to face the Lankans. Andre Russell is back in the side as well. Fabian Allen, who has nursed back from the injury he sustained in West Indies’ series against Afghanistan in late 2019, has been recalled as well along with Shai Hope.
The promising pacer has played 20 ODIs and 10 T20Is so far. He was also picked by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 5,000,000 and will feature in the upcoming IPL. Let’s check out some of the messages that were tweeted on the micro-blogging platform following fake news of his death.
SAD News ?
Westindies Player Oshane Thomas Died pic.twitter.com/RuNPaGZBTx
— Josh-e-Junoon (Tsunami of Imran khan) (@ImMarkhor) February 22, 2020
Westindies fast bowler Oshane Thomas??? pic.twitter.com/xBW2deBpiq
— कलियुगको कृष्ण (@ktm274) February 22, 2020
— UsamaSaleem?? (@usmi_says) February 22, 2020
— veeekyyy (@qaohli) February 22, 2020
— Haris Awan (@Harisiz4u) February 22, 2020