Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed
Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed [PC: AFP/Getty]

Last Update on: July 26th, 2023 at 03:36 pm

Mohammad Rizwan has replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as a concussion substitute in the ongoing second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Sarfaraz Ahmed was hit on his head while ducking underneath a bouncer by Asitha Fernando in the afternoon session on day three. The Pakistan team management sought a replacement for their former captain and their request was accepted by match referee David Boon.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board has also confirmed that Sarfaraz Ahmed remains under the observation of their medical panel. The wicketkeeper-batsman retired hurt after scoring 14 runs off 22 balls.

“Sarfaraz Ahmed has been replaced by Mohammad Rizwan as a concussion substitute in the ongoing second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Singhalese Sports Club after match referee David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,” stated the PCB.

“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.”

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As per the existing rules on concussion substitutes, the teams are allowed to have like-for-like replacements. Consequently, Mohammad Rizwan has replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed in the playing eleven since he is a wicketkeeper-batsman too.

In July 2019, the ICC had introduced the use of concussion replacements in all international cricket matches from 1 August 2019. The first use of such a substitute was during the Lord’s Ashes Test between England and Australia in 2019 when Steve Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne after being hit on his neck by a bouncer.

Pakistan in driver’s seat:

Talking about the Test, Pakistan have put themselves in the driver’s seat in the second Test. After bowling out Sri Lanka for just 166, Pakistan have made a strong reply with the bat. At the time of writing this report, Pakistan were on 406 for 4.

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