Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Silva suffers blow on the head, out of danger

first_imgSri Lanka batsman Kaushal Silva was on Sunday airlifted to a Colombo hospital after he was hit on the head during a practice match at Pallekele.According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, initial CAT scans suggested that 29-year-old Kaushal was out of danger but will continue to be monitored.Kaushal was struck despite of wearing a helmet with additional padding, the report added.The specialised helmets were designed after the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes in 2014. The 25-year-old cricketer died on 27 November, couple of days after being hit on the head by a short delivery while playing for South Australia against New South Wales during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Sri Lankan team manager Charith Senanayake claimed that Kaushal was hit when he was fielding at short leg.”Kaushal was fielding at short leg when he got hit. Dinesh Chandimal swept right onto the back of Kaushal’s head. He did take evasive action, but still the ball hit him,” Senanayake was quoted as saying by the website.Senanayake added that Kaushal showed symptoms of concussion after the incident that happened around 3:30 pm and was rushed to a medical facility at Kandy where the doctors referred him to Colombo following initial scans.The two-day practice match was part of Sri Lanka’s preparation for the tour of England next month. Kaushal, who is in the Lankan Test team, had hit a hundred in the first day of the match.Interestingly, the England and Wales Cricket Board last year announced new regulations regarding the safety standards of helmets stating that all must have a fixed grille.advertisementEngland captain Alastair Cook and batsman Nick Compton objected to the use of new helmets. However, Cook complied with the new regulations after persuasion from the ECB.last_img read more