Sarfaraz Ahmed walks off the field after blow on the head

He was batting on 14

By Web Desk
July 26, 2023
Sarfaraz walks off the field — SLC

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed walked off the field, retired hurt, due to a possible concussion on the third day of the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. 

The right-hander, who was unbeaten on 14, was struck on the helmet on the first ball he faced.

According to International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, if a player sustains a concussion as a result of a head or neck injury during the match, a Concussion Replacement may be permitted.

However, the head or neck injury must have been sustained during play and within the playing area and a concussion must have been formally diagnosed by the team.

If the aforementioned conditions are met, the medical representative or team’s manager shall submit a Concussion Replacement request to the ICC Match Referee.

The requested Concussion Replacement should be a like-for-like replacement for the player who has sustained the concussion.

The Concussion Replacement Request must be submitted within 36 hours of the incident if it is to be permitted.

When this story was filed, Pakistan had scored 358-4 in their first innings and had a lead of 192 runs courtesy of a magnificent century by Abdullah Shafique, who was batting on 167. 

Meanwhile, after scoring a fifty in the first innings of the ongoing second Test, Saud Shakeel became the first-ever batter in history to score a half-century in each of the first seven Tests of their career.

Previously, India’s Sunil Gavaskar, Pakistan’s Saeed Ahmed, West Indies’ Basil Butcher and New Zealand’s Bert Sutcliffe scored half-centuries in each of the first six Tests of their career.