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Rizwan comes on as concussion substitute for Sarfaraz

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Pakistan will use a concussion substitute for the first time in Test cricket, after the PCB confirmed that Mohammad Rizwan will be replacing Sarfaraz Ahmed for the remainder of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Sarfaraz was struck on the back of the head by a bouncer from Asitha Fernando off the very first ball he faced in the afternoon session of the third day’s play – it was the first ball with the second new ball and Sarfaraz had stepped down the pitch to it. The ball went for four leg byes.

Sarfaraz underwent a concussion test as per regulations and resumed, batting without any apparent effect for another five overs. He hit three boundaries in that period but after the last, an elegant clip off a full delivery off Dilshan Madushanka for four through midwicket, he called for the Pakistan physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon and gestured to the back of his head, where he had been struck. After a couple of minutes, he walked off.

Concussion substitution regulations require an official assessment of concussion to be provided to match officials and it was duly given to the match referee David Boon. “Sarfaraz Ahmed has been replaced by Mohammad Rizwan as a concussion substitute in the ongoing second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Singhalese Sports Club after match referee David Boon accepted the Pakistan team management’s request for the substitution,” a PCB statement said.

“Sarfaraz was hit on his head while ducking a bouncer by Asitha Fernando in the afternoon session on day three. He remains under the observation of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s medical panel.”

Rizwan will now be allowed to bat in this innings and is a like-for-like replacement as wicketkeeper-batter. Until this year, Rizwan had been Pakistan’s first-choice Test wicketkeeper for a few years, keeping Sarfaraz out of the XI. But a lean run of form with the bat allowed Sarfaraz to return for the home series against New Zealand earlier this year and he duly cemented his place with scores of 86, 53, 78 and 118 in the two Tests.

(espncricinfo.com)

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SL women’s squad announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the 15-member national squad to take part in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup 2024.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Harin Fernando, approved the squad. 

The Women’s Asia Cup will commence on the 19th July 2024 at the RDICS, Dambulla.

SL squad : Chamari Athapaththu (Captain), Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala, Shashini Gimhani, Ama Kanchana

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Sri Lanka to host ICC AGM

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Revised schedule for India’s tour of Sri Lanka announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Saturday that the schedule for India’s upcoming white-ball tour of Sri Lanka has been revised, with the series now starting on July 27, a day later than originally planned.

The revised schedule is as follows:

T20Is

  – July 27, 2024 – 1st T20I at Pallekele

  – July 28, 2024 – 2nd T20I at Pallekele

  – July 30, 2024 – 3rd T20I at Pallekele

ODIs

  – July 31, 2024 – 1st ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 2, 2024 – 2nd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 4, 2024 – 3rd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

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