Rizwan Replaces Sarfaraz as Concussion Substitute in Test Match

Rizwan Replaces Sarfaraz as Concussion Substitute in Test Match

Pakistan’s cricket team has made a strategic decision by replacing Sarfaraz Ahmed with Mohammad Rizwan as a concussion substitute. The need arose after Sarfaraz was unfortunately hit on the head by a bouncer from Asitha Fernando during the afternoon session on day three.

The incident was concerning, and Sarfaraz is currently being closely monitored by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s medical panel. The wicketkeeper-batter was struck on the back of his head while facing his first ball of the innings, as he attempted to evade the bouncer.

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Despite initially continuing to bat and scoring 14 runs off 22 balls, Sarfaraz began to show signs of being unwell shortly after. The physiotherapist assessed him, and following a lengthy conversation, Sarfaraz walked off the field, with Agha Salman taking his place alongside centurion Abdullah Shafique.

During the tea break, it was officially announced that Rizwan would step in as a like-for-like replacement for Sarfaraz, in accordance with the ICC Playing Conditions. These conditions allow for such a replacement when a player sustains a concussion or is suspected of having one due to a head or neck injury during the match.

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It’s essential to highlight that Rizwan will have the opportunity to bat in this innings, ensuring that Pakistan maintains its momentum in the Test match. The team is currently in a strong position, with Shafique’s unbeaten double century propelling them to a substantial first-innings lead, following their impressive performance in wiping out Sri Lanka for 166 on Day 1.

With Pakistan already leading the ICC World Test Championship series 1-0, this substitution adds a further element of strategy to their game plan.

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