SL vs PAK: Mohammad Rizwan was brought in as a replacement for Sarfaraz Ahmed, who suffered a concussion during Pakistan’s first innings on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka.
- Mohammad Rizwan has replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as a concussion substitute
- David Boon granted Pakistan’s team management’s request for a substitution
- Asitha Fernando hit Sarfaraz Ahmed in the head on Day 3 of the second Test
- By India Today Sports Desk: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that Mohammad Rizwan has replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as a concussion substitute in the ongoing second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Singhalese Sports Club.
- According to the PCB, match referee David Boon granted the team management’s request for a substitution. Asitha Fernando struck Sarfaraz on the head while he was ducking a bouncer in the afternoon session on day three. Sarfaraz scored 22 runs before getting injured and had to retire.
- The PCB’s medical panel is still monitoring him, according to the board. A concussion replacement may be permitted under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules if a player suffers a concussion as a result of a head or neck injury during a match. However, the head or neck injury must have occurred during play and within the playing area, and the team must have properly diagnosed the concussion.
- If the circumstances listed above are met, the medical representative or team manager must file a concussion replacement request to the ICC Match Referee. The desired concussion replacement should be a like-for-like replacement for the concussed player. If the concussion replacement request is to be approved, it must be submitted within 36 hours of the incident.
- Pakistan had scored 358 for 4 in their first innings and had a 192-run lead thanks to a stunning century by Abdullah Shafique, who was batting on 167 when this report was filed.
- Shafique began the day on 87 and smashed two consecutive boundaries off fast bowler Asitha Fernando before reaching his century with a single and receiving a standing ovation from the dressing room.
- Azam improved from his overnight 28 to 39 before being given out lbw, and the decision was upheld following a review by the third umpire. Jayasuriya, who bowled an unchanged spell throughout the morning and took figures of 1-95, dismissed Azam for the sixth time in Test cricket.
- Shafique stood firm with left-handed Shakeel, who scored his maiden Test double century in Pakistan’s two-match series opener.